By Joe Andruzzi:
Every June, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the contributions they’ve made to culture and society. For this past June, Klein Global Opportunities wanted to focus on one of the more marginalized groups within the community: Queer People of Color. Given the current state of racial inequality within the Unites States, we thought we would dedicate our Pride campaign to Queer People of Color that have impacted not only the LGBTQ+ community, but global culture as a whole.
First, we celebrated Marsha P. Johnson, an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. Marsha was one of the key figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and known as one of the loudest voices in the history of the Pride movement.
Next, we celebrated Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, a co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride. She has dedicated her life to fighting racism and sexism within the LGBTQ+ community and created Black Pride to make Queer POC more visible at Pride events and in mainstream media.
Last but certainly not least, we celebrated Nicola Adams, a professional British boxer and the first Queer POC to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. She retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female title in 2019.