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40 Under 40

The Advocate's annual list of 40 exemplary people under age 40 has a message we think all generations should hear. This year the 40 Under 40 series highlights young LGBT people fighting intersectional battles in our greater community.

40 People Under 40 to Teach Us About Each Other

The Advocate's annual list of 40 exemplary people under age 40 has a message we think all generations should hear about fighting intersectional battles.

Le1f: Young, Gifted, Black and Gay

This rapper pulls off an amazing feat on his new album Riot Boy: he preaches against intolerance and stupidity without being preachy.

Tangerine's Stars Have Turned a Movie Into a Movement

In their road to the Oscars, Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez have ignited national conversations on sex work and media representation.

Steve Orlando Isn't Waiting for Gay Heroes, He's Creating Them

By bringing unconventional LGBT heroes to the forefront, Steve Orlando is changing the landscape of comic books for a new generation. 

Ryan O'Connell Is an Unapologetic Gay Disabled Millennial

The blogger turned TV writer is preparing to embark on a journey to turn his story of growing up gay and disabled into a sitcom with the help of Jim Parsons. 

DeRay Mckesson Wants You to Come Out of the Quiet

DeRay Mckesson wasn't planning to be on the front lines of a movement. But the educator-turned-activist says there's no turning back in the fight for life, liberation, and justice. 

Islamophobia, Homophobia in Omar Sharif Jr.'s Sights

The fight against Islamophobia is part of a quest for the "movable middle" that LGBT people have long sought, argues activist Omar Sharif Jr.

Bria & Chrissy v. Revenge Porn

The wildly popular YouTube couple use their vast social media influence for good.

Why Your Equality Must Include the Disabled

Black, gay, and in a wheelchair, D'Arcee Charington Neal wants everyone like him to not be shortchanged on experiences.

Syrian Refugee Subhi Nahas Represents the Best of America

Subhi Nahas fled antigay persecution in Syria to become an advocate for refugees everywhere.

Leatherman Eric Paul Leue Is Out to Abolish Sexual Shame

The director for sexual health and advocacy at is a kinky leatherman from Germany, ready to (consensually) beat the internalized shame out of America. 

Don't Call Jose Antonio Vargas an 'Immigration Activist'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist focuses his energy on the intersections of race, immigration, and identity —  and doesn't care who he makes uncomfortable in the process. 

Mykki Blanco's Words Are a Weapon Against Stigma

The HIV-positive rapper is proud to loudly fight the fearmongering.

Miley Cyrus Won't Ignore Homeless Youth

She may sleep in mansions, but the pansexual, gender-fluid singer and actress refuses to turn a blind eye to the millions shivering in the streets.

24 Times Miley Cyrus Had Our Backs

Pop music's most fun-loving rebel girl has always been serious about LGBT rights.

Why This Man Wants Everyone to 'Dump Trump'

No one is ever safe from a bully, even when they're not being picked on, says Angelo Carusone.

Alicia Garza: Taking Black Lives Matter to Another Dimension

Black Lives Matter has always been intended to be a declaration that includes transgender people, says one queer woman who helped create the movement. 

Patrisse Cullors Knows That We Are Not Separate

The queer cofounder of Black Lives Matter has a plan to dismantle the prison system that has disenfranchised so many.

Brian Sims Is Making Women's Rights His Fight

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania's first out state legislator and current candidate for Congress, doesn't understand why all gay and bi men aren't advocating for reproductive rights and pay equity.

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Picks 6 Books for LGBT Readers

Poet and BuzzFeed editor Saeed Jones recommends novels, memoirs, and books of poetry to curl up with.