“We decided to launch our inaugural #Pride30 list as a way to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month and recognize some of the many people who are making a positive difference in their communities,” says NBC Out Managing Editor Brooke Sopelsa.
A different profile of these 30 individuals will be released each day this month. The list includes artists and educators, advocates and athletes, politicians and veterans, according to a release.
“From the time NBCOut.com launched in June 2016, we’ve been committed to covering the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community, and we wanted to do the same with our #Pride30 list,” Sopelsa says. “Our honorees include people from across the country, of different gender and sexual identities and from a variety of professional backgrounds. It was important for us to really highlight how incredibly diverse our community is.”
The majority of the #Pride30 list was chosen out of more than 1,600 public nominations, the release states. A committee of NBC journalists and executives selected the individuals based on accomplishments and community contributions. Others on the list were nominated by LGBT celebrities and community leaders, including singer Melissa Etheridge, actor Alan Cumming, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.