- Text Randi White, Justin Adelman & Grace Antino
- Design Aodan Reddy
For Pride, The Ones to Know is partnering with Slay One, D1A’s LGBTQQIP2SA+ Employee Resource Group, to highlight the queer community. In light of all the anti-queer bills introduced this year and the many challenges that the queer community, especially those who are trans and/or nonbinary face, we’re going ‘beyond the rainbow’ and digging deeper to bring visibility to inequalities and support the communities who need us the most. We applaud these 10 creators and organizations year round for all the work they do to shape our culture for the better today, so there’s equality for all tomorrow.
Maebe A. Girl - Trans Drag Queen & Political Figure
Maebe is a 3-time transgender congressional candidate. She is running on an intersectional, humanitarian platform that includes universal healthcare, housing for all, education for all, environmental justice, racial justice, LGBTQQIP2SA+ rights and reproductive rights. If elected to Congress for 2024, she would be the first transgender person federally elected to Congress in U.S. history. Maebe also made history in 2022 when she became the first trans non-binary person to ever advance to a general election for Congress, as well as the first drag queen to ever be elected to any public office in the U.S., serving since 2019.
Some of Maebe’s additional accomplishments include co-founding and operating a community fridge in LA for food-insecure Angelenos, as well as working with the City of LA to require DEI training for all city employees.
Serena Tea - Drag Performer & Artist
Serena Tea is a drag artist, performer and model. A dynamic dancer, voguer and performer, her stage work and performances focus on bringing her community together while embodying and celebrating Black excellence. Serena has appeared in print and digital campaigns for Calvin Klein, Sephora and Vogue to name a few. Her forthcoming acting work for Netflix will debut this year.
National Center for Trans Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for the trans community. They advocate to change policies and society to increase understanding, empathy, opportunity and justice for trans and non-binary people.
Tenderoni - Renowned Drag King
Tenderoni is a Chicago based, nationally renowned drag king known for his throwback high-energy performances and rhinestoned looks. He was the first Drag King to ever perform at Lollapalooza and was the winner of Alaska Thunderfuck’s Drag Queen of the Year Pageant in 2021. He has been featured in The New York Times, national campaigns for Youtube and Vogue Brasil as well as pride campaigns with Skittles, Smirnoff and Taco Bell. Most recently, Tenderoni has been nominated for a Queerty Award in the Drag Royalty category.
Camila Lim-Hing - Artist
Camila is a Chinese-Hispanic multi-media artist based in Brooklyn. They have been consistently doing ceramics since 2014, partaking in both hand building and wheel throwing, integrating functionality, sculpture and painting into their work. They also teach ceramics independently and in collaboration with various queer-owned studios. Their work focuses on exploring belonging in a queer and multi-ethnic community.
Erin Reed - Activist & Writer
Erin or better known as Erin in the Morning is an activist, public speaker and writer across multiple platforms. Her work centers on advocacy for the trans and queer community. She tracks all anti-trans legislation across the country, bringing awareness and exposing its troubling nature. Through her newsletter, social media posts and appearances, Erin supports not only trans and queer rights, but also values such as mutual care and kindness for everyone.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the queer family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. They empower 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the queer community. Their goal is to ensure that all queer people, and particularly those who are trans, people of color and HIV+, are treated as full and equal citizens within their movement, across the U.S.and around the world.
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit that offers direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis—for the trans community, by the trans community. It envisions a world where trans people have the connection, economic security and care everyone needs and deserves—free of prisons.
Movement Advancement Project
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for queer people. They work to create a thriving, inclusive and equitable America where all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities and participate in civic life. MAP believes that in order to transform America we need to change hearts and minds. This means people need to better understand the critical issues our country faces and better understand each other. They also believe we are stronger when the country works together.