Laverne CoxLaverne Cox

Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.

: Bucknell University, University of Pittsburgh-Oakland, Muhlenberg College
2014: University of Pennsylvania, Penn State-University Park, Haverford College, Dickinson College, Penn State-Behrend

Mara Keisling

A Harrisburg native, Mara is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

2012: PSU-University Park, University of Pittsburgh-Oakland
2011: Kutztown University, University of Pennsylvania 2010: Bucknell University


KyeAllumsKye Allums

Kye Allums is an artist, athlete, activist, and human being. After publicly coming out about his identity in 2010, Kye became the first division I, openly transgender athlete in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in Fine Arts, Kye began sharing his trans* experience with other colleges, and universities across the United States.

2014: Bucknell University, West Chester University, Lehigh University
2013: The Keystone Conference, Central PA GSA Summit, Mechanicsburg High School
2012: Mechanicsburg High School



Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono is an LGBT rights advocate, three time author, speaker and the only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher. Chaz’s decision to come out as a Lesbian in 1995 prompted his public work in support of LGBT rights and social justice.

2012: PSU-University Park, PSU-Abington

Judy Shepard

“In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, and determined to prevent Matthew’s fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safe for everyone.”

: Montgomery County Community College
2011: Mansfield University, York College
2010: University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell University, Muhlenberg College
2009: Albright College
2006: Penn State – Shenango, Arcadia University
2004: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette College
2002: Westminster College
2001: Mercyhurst College

Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein is one of the foremost gender theorists of the 21st century. Her landmark book on gender exploration, Gender Outlaw (1994) is widely read in classrooms across the nation. As an accomplished Jewish-American author, playwright, and performance artist she continues to travel the country speaking, facilitating workshops, and performing.

2009: University of Pennsylvania

John Amaechi

John Amaechi is a former NBA basketball player who, following his retirement, came out in 2007. He details his life in professional athletics in his memoir: “The Man in the Middle.” Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out openly as gay.
2012: University of Scranton

Hudson Taylor

As a nationally recognized All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland, Hudson Taylor became a prominent LGBTQ ally. Now a wrestling coach at Columbia University, Hudson continues to speak at schools and community forums across the country on the importance of allyship in the athletic world.


2012: PSU-University Park
2011: UPenn, PSU-University Park

Kenyon Farrow

Kenyon Farrow has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia. Kenyon is the former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice—an organization dedicated to organizing, research, and advocacy for and with low-income and working-class lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Currently he serves on the Executive Committee of Connect 2 Protect New York, and the Center for Gay & Lesbian Studies (CLAGS). He has been honored as one of the “Movers and Shakers” in HIV/AIDS Activism in the African-American Community by The, was named as one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 for 2008, the Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010, and one of Black Entertainment Television’s “Modern Black History Heroes” for 2011.

2014: Bryn Mawr College
2010: University of Pennsylvania


Zachary Wahls

In January 2011, Zach Wahls’ delivered a powerful testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in opposition to a proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage. His remarks about his mothers went viral on YouTube and his ability to speak out for LGBTQ equality as an ally, specifically for marriage equality, has lead him to be a nationally known equality figure. He has been a guest on Ellen and the Daily Show, written a book “My Two Moms”, and spoken before the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Now 21 years old, he continues to share his personal story with thousands of people at venues across the country.

University of Pittsburgh-Oakland, Kutztown University, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, York College,
Penn State-Fayette, Clarion University-Venango, Dickinson College
: Penn College of Technology