Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) is excited to announce that as part of this year’s celebration of PRIDE Month, we will . This year’s celebration of PRIDE is especially important and necessary given the legislative assaults across the country on our rights and lives. As we attend PRIDE parades and celebrations, we must remember that many are working diligently to remove any trace of our humanity, our lives, and our love. “This series is a ‘Life Thread’ and celebration of the individuals who have dared to dream, who have faced adversity with unwavering courage, and who have left an indelible mark on the world. It is a reminder that every thread, no matter how small, contributes to the fabric of our collective community.” says Scott Hamilton, Co-founder of BBLA.

And so, each day of June, on all its social media platforms, BBLA will showcase a PRIDE HERO as a reminder that our collective and individual humanity cannot be dismissed or legislated away and that our collective and individual fight continues in the quest to make the world more inclusive and equitable. The list of PRIDE HEROES includes history makers, influencers, and trailblazers: 

Angelica Ross – Actress, writer, and trans rights advocate, Angelica Ross is also the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that sources and supports trans employment in the tech industry. Known for her groundbreaking roles on “Pose” and “American Horror Story,” among others, Ross is a sought-after speaker and activist working with global leaders teaching, speaking, and consulting on organizational change that creates space for the rich experiences of trans people and people of color.

Angelica Ross, Brian Henry, Jewel Thais-Williams, Tracey “Africa” Norman, Raven Symone, Sam Fine, Ts Madison, Dr. Darnell Hunt, Tre’Vell Anderson, Kalen Allen, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Jason Lee, Cheryl Dunye, Aaron Walton, Jeffery Wallace, Rahsaan Patterson, Ellene Miles, Karamo Brown, Colman Domingo, Violet Palmer, James Early Hardy, Byron Parker, Judge Darrin Gayles, Phill Wilson, Dr. Shaun Harper, Anthony Hemingway, Dr. David Malebranche, Derrick Rutledge, Marsha Warfield, and Keith Boykin.

Kalen Allen – Famous for his singular comedic talents, and recognizable TV personality, Kalen Allen is known for features on The Ellen Degeneres Show and his viral videos across major social media platforms. Allen has lent his influence towards celebrating Pride Month across numerous brands, campaigns, and community amplification events, championing Queer visibility at all times

PRIDE HEROES celebration will conclude with a request for individuals to share their own thoughts and ideas about PRIDE. “We don’t want the celebration of our heroes to only happen in June. So we’ll be asking individuals to tell us what PRIDE means to them and sharing their thoughts on our media platforms throughout the year,” says Vincent Holmes, co-founder of BBLA.

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For nine years, BBLA has honored trailblazing LGBTQ+ African Americans and allies whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and image of the Black LGBTQ+ community. This event, known as the Truth Awards, is held annually and awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ students. Our PRIDE HEROES continue this tradition and further embodies the belief that members of the Black LGBTQ+ community and its allies who embrace and live their truth should be celebrated and honored.  

Jason Lee – CEO of entertainment news site Hollywood Unlocked, Executive Producer of The Jason Lee Show, and culture critic Jason Lee’s media reach has shaped how entertainment news is produced. Regarding Pride, Lee has stated, “While diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance should be practiced every day, Pride Month helps shine the spotlight on LGBTQ causes…

Ts Madison – Media personality, entertainer, executive producer, and LGBTQ+ advocate; Ts Madison is one of our community’s foremost voices for trans rights. As a public figure for Queer progress, Madison’s career encapsulates her highly successful digital platforms, series The Ts Madison Experience where she shares her personal journey in representation, iconic wit, and undeniable charm into global success.
Raven Symoné – Raven Symoné’s entertainment career has spanned three decades and has included starring roles and appearances across films, television, and music. Symoné believes living in her truth is “Not allowing other people’s thoughts and wants to change how she programs herself.” She encourages parents of Queer children to allow their kids to discover who they are.
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