The percentage of people identifying as LGBTQ+ in the US is around 4.5%. 

There are around 9m small businesses in the US and many are founded by LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. In this article, we’ll look at just a few fantastic LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who are changing the world.

You should definitely know about these people, so make sure you follow them on social media. Hopefully, the people and businesses on this list will inspire you to get started your own business. Let’s get started:

1. Alicia Garza Co-Founded Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza is changing the world. Her organizing project is now recognized and discussed worldwide. If you don’t already know it, the aim is to combat the oppression and violence of black people.

Garza came out as queer to her family in 2004 and is now married to Malachi Garza, an activist, and trans man.

Garza inspired the slogan Black Lives Matter and has given speeches and lobbied the government to make changes. Follow her on Instagram to learn more about her life and work.

2. Joel Simkhai Founded Grindr

Did you know, Simkhai’s reason for starting this dating app was purely “selfish”? He claims he wanted to meet more gay men. 

He certainly made this dream come true and the app now has 4 million users! It was sold in 2018 to a Chinese company that bought it for $150 million. 

Simkhai now owns multiple properties and lives in LA. He is not a regular poster on social media but does have a Twitter account.

3. Stephanie Lampkin is Changing Recruitment 

Stephanie Lampkin has an MBA from MIT and is a Stanford engineer. She has created, along with a cofounder, Blendoor. Stephanie identifies as queer.

This is an analytics software that reduces the negative effects of unconscious bias when it comes to hiring. This software could truly bring positive change to the business.

You can read more about her business, here

4. Karamo Brown is Everyone’s Favorite TV Host

If you haven’t watched Queer Eye yet, then you should definitely put it on your list! This show is uplifting and wonderful.

Karamo Brown is one of the hosts and he has become a household name as a result. Karamo was the very first openly gay black man to be on an American reality TV show. He recently split from his fiance of 11 years. 

You can follow him on Instagram to learn more about his life and his career in show business. He also runs a podcast and has a business called MANTL which is a skincare brand empowering bald and balding men.

LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs Are Changing the World

These wonderful people are just a handful of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who are starting businesses and inspiring change in the world. 

If you want to support the work of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, then make sure you follow their businesses and personal accounts on social media. Giving likes and money is the best way to support a business. 

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