11 Unapologetic Black LGBT Influencers + Creators You Need To Know

Over the past weeks, a paradigm shift for and within the Black community has emerged. 

The need to amplify Black voices has been essential to trending conversations like never before, creating a pivotal moment for Black influencers and creators alike. That same energy has expanded to the Black LGBTQ community, empowering our Black voices and hard work to be seen and heard, in the name of diverse representation.

Sure we have our “OG’s” like Lena Waithe and Lee Daniels who are representing the Black and Queer communities well by making waves on the big and small screen, but we can’t forget those who are also creating change, even if it’s not so glamourous.

Check out 11 of my favorite LGBT influencers and creators whose work and messages aren’t just impacting the world – they’re shifting the culture.

@iamjarijones

Jari is a transfem model, activist, and multi-hyphenate creative who is best known as the first Black, transwoman to produce a film nominated at Cannes Film Festival. Port Authority is about a boy-meets-trans girl romance, identity, and belonging around the New York underground ballroom scene.

@jazzmynejay

Jazzmyne Robbins is a Buzzfeed video producer, model, and influencer who is just as bold and rebellious as her shaved head and bold style. She’s the host of Buzzfeed’s Queer Prom and recently designed a sneaker for the NIKE BY YOU series.

@shantell_martin

Shantell Martin is a New York-based visual artist whose “calling card” is creating profound visual messages, focused on identity, with the use of a black wide-tip sharpie marker and white space. Her hand-drawn illustrations can be found throughout New York and she regularly facilitates live digital drawings at musical performances and conferences.

@themrmilan

Tiq Milan is a transmale writer, speaker, and model who has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and consultant who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. 

@ashiahmae

A$iahmae is a storyteller with a background in skincare and film with current focuses on sustainability and installation art. She is the author of “oxygen” (2016) and when she’s not writing poetry on the back of receipts, she tweets @_asiahmae.

@the_key2style

Nekeyeta Newkirk is a vintage enthusiast, cultural pathfinder, and community proponent who works to create inclusive opportunities for the Black queer communities through initiatives like The F.A.B Society {Femmes & Bois}, a focus on visibility of LGBTQ people of color in media.

@fonzfranc

Fonz Franc is a communications specialist, activist, and philanthropist, based in New York, whose mission is to fuse creativity and pop culture commentary. He has written for Blavity, Huff Post, Buzzfeed, GLAAD, and more. 

@raquel_willis

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. She is the former executive editor of Out magazine and a former national organizer for Transgender Law Center (TLC). She’s also a part of Echoing Ida, national Black women and nonbinary writers’ collective.

@dr.kholi

Dr. Carrie Kholi-Murchison or “Dr. Kholi” is a healer, writer, and entrepreneur who has merged her intellect, enterprise, and commitment to long term equity in service to hundreds of creatives, entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and community-serving brands and corporate clients. She is currently the Director of People + Culture at Whole30 and co-founder of Holi Brands, a community initiative she runs with her wife, Holley.

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3 years ago, yesterday, the woman I chose to marry was courting me by flying me to a few of my now fave countries for the first time. ⁣ ⁣ Today, yesterday, I spent literally all day in the garden we inherited with our first home purchase experiencing more bliss than any international flight or restaurant has ever given me. ⁣ ⁣ Don’t get me wrong. I’m still the kind of girl who loves a good random trip around the world. ⁣ ⁣ But, I’m also the kind of girl who – in the last year alone – started ANOTHER graduate program, somehow chose to be an entrepreneur and then get a full time job (not the other way around), and found myself with one of those mortgage thingies. ⁣ ⁣ And if that weren’t enough to keep my butt at home (it wasn’t), like y’all, Corona made me. ⁣ ⁣ And honestly. I’m not even sure what this post is about. But I know there’s something important about reflection and knowing that there’s both transition and joy in all that I’ve experienced since I decided to radically upend my life in 2017 + stepped in the portal (y’all gotta go back to those old posts if you want the full story). ⁣ ⁣ 𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗜 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀:⁣ ⁣ ⁣ “All shall be well. ⁣ ⁣ I don’t mean that life won’t bring you tragedy, I only mean you will be well in spite of it. There’s a place in you that is inviolate, you’ll find your way there when you need to. And you’ll know then what I speak of.” – Yaltha, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, @suemonkkidd

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@steroidbeyonce

Devin-Norelle is a nonbinary model, writer, and trans advocate. Ze has written for Teen Vogue, Allure, GQ, them., & Out magazine. Ze recently walked in the New York Fashion Week show for Chromat and has modeled for Bonobos‘ Pride 50 Year Anniversary & Campaign.

@shedoeshim

Jamaican-born model, influencer and advocate, Allison Graham, is known for showcasing pops of color and bold patterns on her menswear-inspired blog, She Does Him. She shares the tea on her life as a masculine-presenting woman and often speaks to the difficulties that the LGBT community faces. 

Who are some of your fave Black LGBTQ influencers?


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