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Schuyler Bailar (he/him)

Schuyler Bailar is a 26-year-old Asian American trans man thriving in New York City. He advocates for trans rights and inclusion by speaking at schools, corporations, and nonprofits.

Schuyler is the first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer and the first publicly documented NCAA D1 transgender man to compete as a man in any sport.

He has been featured in the USA Swimming Cultural Inclusion Guides for Asian American and LGBTQ+ athletes. While working full-time as a public speaker, he is utilizing his social media presence to inform his followers on LGBTQ+ resources, focusing on LGBTQ+ education and advocacy using tools like reels and graphics. With over 380,000 followers, Instagram is where Schuyler’s content really thrives. We celebrate the way he uses his platform to educate on LGBTQ+ topics, tackle current events, and to embody trans joy.

Dani Coyle (she/they)

An intersex individual from Wiltshire, now living in Paris, Dani Coyle is an artist, activist, model, and graduate of Pembroke. At the age of 14, she became aware of her identity as an intersex person through a medical diagnosis. 

Dani is now a strong intersex advocate, placing a focus on educating her followers and raising awareness around intersex surgery. They say that they “…want to see representative education in schools that covers the whole spectrum of human biology.” She has been featured in various magazines and is an award-winning visual artist.

In addition to creating content on TikTok and Instagram, Dani also hosts Inter_view: An Intersex Podcast. They created Inter_view to center and celebrate intersex connection, visibility, diversity, and joy.

Jess Guilbeaux (she/her)

Jess Guilbeaux is a young, Black lesbian living in Philadephia. In 2021, Jess was nominated to be in an episode of Queer Eye. The show detailed her backstory, and her following of supporters began to grow. 

After the episode of Queer Eye aired, an outpouring of people came forward who were inspired by her story. Many young Black women shared that they related to her. She expanded her follower base of folks who looked and loved like her. As this gained traction, one of her fans started a GoFundMe for Jess to go back to college. The GFM raised over $100K for Jess to return to college and receive her Computer Science degree.

Jess describes herself as a speaker, model, and future tech genius. She uses Reels, images, and TikTok to empower young, queer and Black women.

Meg Emiko (they/them)

Meg Emiko is a trans non-Binary Asian American artist and activist. They are using their artistic talent and platform to educate and increase visibility for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Meg’s speciality is graphic design – they utilize their skills as a designer to educate and empower trans and nonbinary folks, young and old, to embrace their authentic selves.

Along with sharing their designs on social media, Meg also sells LGBTQ-focused merchandise, most notable of which is their “Protect Trans Kids” apparel, which was worn by Elliot Page in an Instagram post.

Matt Bernstein (he/they)

Even if you don’t recognize his name, there is a good chance that you have seen Matt Bernstein’s content. With over 1 million followers on Instagram alone, their content is shared far and wide.

Matt’s straightforward, honest content focuses on current events and never shies away from the point. 

Matt uses visual and cosmetic art to call attention to daily injustices faced by queer folks. Their work is spread widely and is deserving of every share.

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