Every movement has its iconic pioneers.

The ones who had the courage to suffer the brunt of resistance to change so later generations may possibly enjoy the fruits of their hard labor and heavy burdens.

As we celebrate culture and orientation during PRIDE 2018, theGrio turns our focus to today’s Black groundbreakers and innovators who are reinventing and creating new ways towards acceptance. Certainly no an easy task in a country guided by a president and an attorney general who have supported policies that neglect and devalue the of the LGBTQ+ community.

We raise our collective glasses and wave our rainbow flags in honor of these 15 Black LGBTQ+ advocates who are inspiring the community with their vision and leading the way for a more inclusive future.


7Tarell Alvin McCraney


Twitter: @octarell
Location: Miami

After making history as one of the few Black screenwriters to ever win an Academy Award, Tarell Alvin McCraney has kept making major moves following his co-writing of the cinematic masterpiece, Moonlight.

McCraney recently became the new chair of playwriting at the prestigious Yale School of Drama and have gotten several of his upcoming projects green lit. The MacArthur grant recipient is currently anticipating the premiere of his upcoming play, “Choir Boy” to hit Broadway next year.