The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is honored to present the 2015-16 Inaugural Cohort of 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch, representing a consortium of standout leaders, who self-identify as Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming and/or same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL). The members of this cohort, ages 18-30 at the time of their selection, represent the next generation of leading freedom fighters on the frontlines in their communities working to build a brighter future for all people. Collectively, they have a special mission to bring voice, take action and build networks within the Black LGBTQ/SGL population by owning their power. These inspiring leaders are innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, thought leaders, trendsetters, social justice warriors, pundits and scholars. They merit a higher platform of exposure and recognition for their leadership to positively shape the future of our country and world.

NBJC recognizes that it stands on the shoulders of giants—like Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde and Marsha P. Johnson—who dedicated their lives to justice and equality. Simultaneously, NBJC recognizes the importance of celebrating the extraordinary service of young, Black LGBTQ/SGL people leading the modern-day struggles for fairness, equity and respect. NBJC invites the world to experience, invest and learn about these exceptional young people through their selfless work, achievements and powerful thoughts.

NBJC proudly presents the 2015-16 Inaugural Cohort of 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders (#100toWatch)!