Caroline and Jessica Kaplan had very different upbringings, but they both struggled to come out as lesbian. Now the couple runs an art and greeting card business to help increase LGBTQ visibility.
When Lisa Cannistraci opened Henrietta Hudson in New York City in 1991, she had no idea that nearly 30 years later, it would be the longest standing lesbian bar in America and a platform for social change.
When Danielle came out as bi, she faced stereotypes and stigma, and when she and her wife were wedding planning, they felt left out. So they created a new brand to help the LGBTQ community feel more included and express pride.
Michael grew up thinking he was the only gay person in the world. Later, as he came out and learned about the gay community, he wanted to share this knowledge. Now he runs tours in New York City to teach LGBTQ history.
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.
Daniel, a popular home renovation blogger, thinks being gay is the least remarkable thing about him. This is his story of making a space for himself in an industry that so often doesn’t reflect him.
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.
Learn about our exciting giveaway for Coming Out Day, featuring over $200 in prizes from six LGBTQ-owned businesses we’ve had the pleasure of profiling.