At FindSpark, we’re always proud to celebrate diverse members within our community and beyond.
During Pride Month, we’re especially excited to turn a spotlight on LGBTQ+ folks who are killing it in their respective industries, working to make workplaces more equitable, and being advocates for fellow LGBTQ+ coworkers and community members.
Many of the amazing pros featured below are FindSpark community members or doing internal activism at one of our partner companies!
See someone who really inspires you? Connect with them using these tips and be sure to mention you found them through our article!
Account Executive at Yelp and CEO & Founder, Alpha Male Cosmetics
Anttoni is an Elite Account Executive at Yelp NYC and one of their top performers. He also co-leads Outburst, Yelp’s employee resource group for their LGBTQ community. Outside of Yelp, he has another business, @AnttonisBeautyBar which is a team of hair and makeup artist for weddings.
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Omg #AlphaMaleCosmetics is out NOW! Follow @alphamalecosmetics now to see and order products. Last night was the best night of my life well one. I introduced the full line of makeup products for us #Men and it went well. Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with me. #Anttonilopez #handsome #makeup #makeupformen #CEO #Boss #entrepreneur #flawless #skin my outfit by #ASOS my tie by @deeworldsbest shoes by @louboutinworld #zaddy #itailian #puertorican #arab #AlpahMale #Newyork #Nyc Thank you to my sponsors @sweetabigail17 @nayloudesigns @tyedbydede Thank you to @the411radio @kingsilvy @fritzyindisguise for red carpet interviews thank you to @nycphotoparty for this amazing step and repeat and photos @glambymannie for doing the makeup for the night #blessed
Ashlee Marie Preston
Trans Activist and Social Media Influencer
Ashlee is the first openly transgender person to be named editor-in-chief of a publication and has run for office in California’s State Assembly. Ashlee also has a significant social media following that’s served as a platform for LGBTQ+ activism.
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Management Supervisor, Ogilvy | Co-Chair, Ogilvy Pride
Adam has led brand strategy, content development, lead generation and advertising efforts at agencies like Ogilvy & Mather and McCann. Adam also serves as Co-Chair of Pride at Ogilvy where he helps lead internal activism for LGBTQ+ folks in the company.
Adam J. Kurtz
Artist, Author, Designer, Speaker
Adam J. Kurtz is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and his “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in the New Yorker, VICE, Adweek and more.
Head of Legal, National Agency for Public-Private Partnerships, Government of Sri Lanka and Equality Director, iProbono
Award-Winning Director, Mala Mala & Dina
Antonio co-directed Mala Mala, a documentary about trans culture in Puerto Rico and Dina, a documentary about a couple on the spectrum that won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
Bethany Pagels Minor
Sr. Product Manager, Sprout Social, Inc., and FindSpark Mentor Alumni
Bethany is an experienced Product professional who currently works with the high-growth tech company, Sprout Social. Bethany is also on the Board of Directors of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
Chief Growth Officer, The Trevor Project and FindSpark Speaker Alumni
Calvin is an experienced digital marketer with a focus on organic growth. His specialties include social media, product marketing, press, talent, and sales. Currently, Calvin helps save lives with The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Actor and writer, Femme, Migraine, Honeybee & others
Corey is an actor and writer whose work has explored the nuances and challenges of gender identity. Corey has worked on films including Femme, Migraine, Honeybee, and others that have garnered critical acclaim.
Photographer & Co-Founder of the #TearAwayWalls social justice campaign
Through photography and activism with the #TearAwayWalls project, Chad has helpedc raise awareness about intolerance and advocate for acceptance.
Producer, Still Alice, Carol, Boys Don’t Cry & others
Christine Vachon is an independent producer whose film highlight LGBTQI issues. Her work won awards at Sundance, the Academy Awards and more.
Operations Manager at Man Repeller
In addition to sharing her supreme style on Instagram, Crystal openly shares her journey and experience with mental illness. She says, “My mental health journey is incredibly and deeply personal but also a story that I have a desire to tell, as I often as I can, in the hopes that someone, somewhere sees even a glimpse of something they can relate to.”
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My mental health journey is incredibly and deeply personal but also a story that I have a desire to tell, as I often as I can, in the hopes that someone, somewhere sees even a glimpse of something they can relate to. Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness month, but the work is far from over. @manrepeller once again, has allowed me the freedom to tell my truth and I hope that it helps somebody going through it today. Let’s continue talk about it. Hit my DM, email me, text me, I’m here. Remember, dark days come but it’s just a shittty day not a shitty life. Big thanks to @amilli0naire @halemur for giving me the space to tell my truth. Link to story in bio. 🤘🏾
Daniela I. Quiroz
Lead Assistant Editor at VICE Media
Daniela I. Quiroz is a New York City-based editor, director, and videographer with 8 years of filmmaking experience. She is a 2017 Front Page Award winner (The Newswomen’s Club of New York) for her work on the VICE on HBO documentary TRANS YOUTH. She started at VICE as an assistant editor in 2015 and has since been credited as additional editor, finishing editor, and/or editor on 6 episodes. Her broadcast television debut as an editor was for END OF THE EU? in season 5 of the series.
Search Marketing Coordinator at Situation Interactive
Diana works at the cornerstone of live entertainment and digital marketing–exactly where her passions lie. Notably, she moved up from being an intern at Situation Interactive to being a full-time Search Marketing Coordinator, a testament to her talent and hustle.
Edwin (Gino) Raagas
Assistant Director, NYU School of Professional Studies
Edwin is an Assistant Director and Career Coach at NYU School of Professional Studies and long-time Advisor for FindSpark. Edwin is passionate about early career development, experiential education, and can be found building connections within the LGBTQ and Filipino-American communities.
Video Maker, Vox.com
Estelle is a motion graphics designer at Vox Media. Before joining Vox, she worked at APCO Worldwide where she developed motion graphics for social media campaigns and corporate communications. She’s also produced and directed documentary short films and PSAs that focus on social justice and cultural issues. Her projects have included work with the Step Up Women’s Network, the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative and the New Orleans Jazz Restoration Society.
Sooo in love with the google doodle today pic.twitter.com/qSG8XRlUG1
— Estelle Caswell (@estellecaswell) May 16, 2018
Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, TEKsystems
Graci is passionate about creating a safe and inclusive environment where employees can bring their whole selves to work and have the opportunity to reach their potential. She remarks that being an LGBTQ professional in an open and inclusive work environment and having the support of strong leaders at TEKsystems have allowed her to live authentically and perform well.
Co-founder of La Familia and transgender rights and immigrant rights activist
Jennifer co-founded La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to the LGBTQ and Latino communities. Jennicet was also honored as one of Out Magazine’s Out 100.
Joseph Duggan Lyons
Digital Writer, Marketer and Organizer
Joseph was elected to the board of Rainbow Rose, a Europe-wide LGBTQI rights NGO called that works with the European Parliament and member organizations across the continent to move politicians to support equal rights. Joseph was also the program director of the LGBTQI human rights conference Madrid Summit at World Pride last summer.
Global Chief Product Officer, AccuWeather Inc.
Kurt leads Product at AccuWeather. Before this, he held several senior positions at TIME, AOL and Bing. He’s also a board alum at Hetrick Martin and an adjunct professor at NYU.
Founder & CEO, SafeWordSociety
Through her work at SafeWordSociety, Kristen helps amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ people of color. SafeWordSociety is a QTPOC+ visibility company that works to spotlight members and allies within the community to ensure that authentic narratives reach even its most vulnerable members.
Content and Social Media, Heyday
Mackenzie helps brands navigate and find their audiences in the digital space with content and social media consulting. Before managing Social Media and Content Strategy at Heyday, Mackenzie was a Social Media Producer at NBC and Senior Editor & Senior Social Strategist at Buzzfeed.
Director, New York City Independent Film Festival
Maria’s role in the NYC Independent Film Festival over the past 3 years has allowed her to put a greater focus on Womxn, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ stories that were otherwise overlooked in previous years of programming.
Senior Editor, THEM
Meredith Talusan is an award-winning journalist and author who is also Senior Editor for them. Meredith has written features, essays, and opinion pieces for many publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, VICE, Matter, Backchannel, The Nation, Mic, BuzzFeed News, and the American Prospect. In 2017, Meredith received the GLAAD Media and Deadline Awards and has contributed to several books, including Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.
Executive Director, Condé Nast (WIRED, GQ, Golf Digest, and Pitchfork)
Matt’s passion lies in growing businesses through innovative technologies and storytelling. His specialties include Branded Content, Interactive Digital Media, Social Media, Business Operations, Brand Building and Personal Health
Founder & Lead Tour Guide, Christopher Street Tours
Michael founded Christopher Street Tours: New York City’s premiere experience for free LGBTQ History Walking Tours.
Product Manager, Hudson MX and the Founder & President of Coming Out
Coming Out is a platform for hosting the world’s LGBTQA coming out stories and organizing them in a way that allows anyone to find relatable content. Nate also helps build software for media companies at Hudson MX, an early-stage startup.
Experiential Manager at Buzzfeed
Oscar Diaz is a multimedia photojournalist, community organizer, and queer brown immigrant educator. They can often be found marching through the streets, coordinating events, and always @oscmdiaz on the web. Fun fact: They taught & facilitated workshops in Havana, Cuba for a group of entrepreneurs passionate about social media marketing, leadership & management!
Chief Content Officer, LGBTQ Magazine THEM, and Teen Vogue.
Phillip spearheads digital operations at THEM Magazine and Teen Vogue. Phillip has also been Digital Editorial Director, where he launched Teen Vogue’s wellness and political coverage, successfully catapulting the brand from 2 to 12 million unique monthly visitors in under two years. Before that, he was Senior Beauty Editor at Refinery29.
Editor In Chief at TEAM Magazine
Paolo is the publisher of TEAM (www.teammag.ph), a magazine for gay Filipino men that’s soon transitioning into an LGBTQIA+ publication, as well as the editor of GLU, a free queer magazine distributed at a number of HIV clinics in Metro Manila.
Deputy Director, Allure
Sam manages the digital editorial team of Allure Magazine on strategizing, conceptualizing, and executing innovative, socially responsible beauty and wellness content. In 2018, Sam was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s “30 Under 30.”
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The feelings I’ve held towards my arm hair have changed profoundly over time: first disinterest, then mild insecurity that grew into a deep hatred fueled by offhanded comments and strangers’ stares, ones the givers were likely unaware of. At 28, I’ve felt affectionately toward this part of my body for just a couple of years. Arm hair is different than leg or underarm or even pubic hair in that it’s a subject that is mostly absent from the mainstream body-positivity conversation despite its significance to every person I know for whom it’s a prominent feature. It’s been a tumultuous but evolving relationship, and one that I was so thrilled to explore for @allure’s newest portrait series. Check it out (the link’s in my bio) to read interviews with six women and myself on the subject. ♥️ — Photos: @heatherhazzan Words: @hayleymac212 Fashion: @calvy.click Hair: @junyahair Makeup: @deannamelluso Nails: @yukie_miyakawa_nails Prop Stylist: @gozdeeker Tech: @nowserving Photo Assistant: @kdegeer Models: @ccveras, @nicoledellert, @ayqakhan, @avenerable, @_hannahchoi, and @pkv15 Special thanks to @kelly.bales, @_hannahchoi, @warriorheart, and everyone else who made this so amazing. 💗 I feel better now.
Associate Creative Director, Bonnier Corporation
Outside of work, Steve is the VP of Geeks OUT, a national non-profit that rallies, promotes, and empowers the queer geek community all over the country. In that capacity, Steven produces Flame Con, the world’s largest LGBTQ comic con.
Samy Nemir Olivares
Writer. Activist. Artist Director of Queeramisú- Latinx Equality in America
Samy is an award-winning communications pro experienced in social media, news production, documentary, PR, and politics. Samy’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Metro, NY1 and others and his story about the struggles of the LGBT Youth of Color in Boston won an award from The Association of LGBT Journalists.
Director, Content Strategy, GIPHY and FindSpark Speaker Alumni
Yosub is a leader and innovator at GIPHY, where he crafts the strategy that circulates GIPHY’s massive library of content throughout the digital space. His background is in entertainment building brands like Bravo, AMC Networks, and All Def Digital. He has been featured on NBC News, Huffington Post and CheddarTV for his work on digital representation at GIPHY. He spends most of his time with his corgi, Instagram: @sadeyesarchie.
— yosub wyd ⁷ (@yosub) April 26, 2018
Know other LGBTQ influencers we should add to the list? Share in the comments to let our community know! Cheers to diversity, inclusion and, of course, Pride.