Carine De Mesmaeker, former DJ and owner of a lesbian bar, noticed a trend: lesbian bars were closing, but festivals were on the rise. So she decided to create one for gay women in Europe.
A trans man, author, speaker, and consultant, Ryan Sallans works tirelessly to educate schools and businesses on the trans community and their needs. He also works with the Jim Collins Foundation to help the trans community access surgeries.
After realizing the needs of Houston’s LGBTQ community weren’t being met by any existing publications, Kelsey and Megan decided to create their own magazine that focused on queer southerners.
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Buck Angel found success as the first trans man in porn. He’s now using that visibility to make an impact as an LGBTQ activist, speaker, entrepreneur, and mentor. This is his story.
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Yoga and meditation are what helped Kelly Marshall come to terms with their gender identity. They now run a business offering yoga therapy, massage, mindfulness, Reiki, and other healing tools to the LGBTQ+ community — especially since many don’t feel welcome in traditional wellness spaces.
Growing up in a devout Catholic family, Cole struggled to come to terms with her lesbian identity. But she now runs GAYTX, a company working to empower the community with pride and introduce a new LGBTQ sizing system.
Rachel grew up in a large family on a tight budget, and socks were hard to come by. When she wanted a way to supplement her teaching income, she started Pride Socks to empower anyone — but especially the LGBTQ+ community — to cultivate a sense of pride.
When Michelle and Kelly each moved to Austin to start over, they didn’t know other gay women. They met and decided to start hosting events to build a community for LGBTQ women, and the newly-engaged couple is now hosting Austin Pride’s official women’s events.