10 Black LGBTQ+ Influencers You Need to Follow

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Curated by Malik Brown

In the dynamic landscape of social media, Black LGBTQ+ voices are rising as influential beacons of empowerment, education, and change. These ten remarkable individuals shape discussions on identity, love, and acceptance and amplify the community’s intersectional struggles and triumphs. From thought-provoking content to unapologetic self-expression, these influencers are redefining norms and inspiring others to embrace their authentic selves. 

DaShawn Usher

DaShawn is a writer, executive producer, community mobilizer, and culture curator. DaShawn founded MOBI, a series of curated social connectivity events for gay and queer people of color to see their holistic selves while promoting community, wellness, and personal development.

 Follow him at @dashawnusher

Dominique Morgan

As an activist, speaker, author, musician, and recording artist, Dominique has a powerful platform for her mission is to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence against Black Trans people. With a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, Dominique continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development.

Follow Dominique @thedominiquemorgan

Victor Jackson

Victor Jackson has worked in entertainment for more than 15 years. As a choreographer and creative director, he has worked with superstars including Jennifer Hudson, Lil’ Wayne, and August Alsina and has appeared on several TV shows. Besides his incredible musical talent, Victor uses his voice to speak up for inequalities within his community.

Follow Victor @mrglamrocksoul

Chef Deborah VanTrece

Chef Deborah VanTrece is one of the South’s most recognized culinary personalities, best-selling author, and founder of the VanTrece Hospitality Group. As a female African American restauranteur, business owner, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Chef VanTrece is a passionate and vocal advocate for social justice, especially issues that impact marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Follow Deborah @ chefdeborahvantrece

Mary Anne Adams 

Mary Anne Adams is the founder of ZAMI NOBLA, the National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging. Deeply rooted in Atlanta, Georgia, the membership-based organization is committed to building a power base for Black lesbians over 40 living anywhere in the country.

Follow Mary Anne @ zaminobla

Alex Santiago

Alex is the Chief Executive Officer of Destination Tomorrow in Atlanta and the founder of I Am Human United, an organization committed to creating a safe space for individuals who are homeless, living with HIV, and trans youth, with a focus on those who experience discrimination due to their lifestyle or gender identity.

Follow Alex and his organization @iamhuman_foundation

Charles Stephens 

Charles is the founder and Executive Director of The Counter Narrative Project (CNP). This non-profit shifts narratives about Black gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men to change policy and improve lives.

Follow Charles @charlesdotsteph

Octavius Terry

Octavius is a realtor and CEO at the menswear lifestyle brand Octavius Marsion. He is also a noted stylist and fashion designer to the stars.

Follow him at @octaviusterry

Malik Khalid

Apart from being a truly gifted yoga instructor, a lululemon ambassador, and the founder of the Amador yoga community, Malik has also been outspoken on social media about his gender expression journey.

Follow them @ malikyoga_

Drew Friday

Known as one of Atlanta’s most well-known drag performers, Drew Friday, also known as Sevyen, has talked openly about her transition journey in the media. The self-proclaimed drag princess also stars on several YouTube shows, and her Instagram account is overflowing with fantastic content.

Follow Sevyen/Drew Friday @drewfriday_

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