The trailblazing leader working to protect LGBTQ+ families was named as Out100 2022.
NEW YORK, NY — Family Equality’s first Black CEO, Stacey Stevenson (she/they), made Out magazine’s 2022 Out100 list — a compilation of the year’s most impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people. Stevenson is one of sixteen LGBTQ+ Policy Makers and Advocates Changing the World.
The 2022 list of 100 LGBTQ+ leaders and trailblazers from entertainment, fashion, business, media, and sports includes Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary; Michael R. Jackson, playwright and composer; and Adrienne Hayes, Google’s VP of Marketing, Global Devices & Services.
“I’m honored and humbled to be part of Out magazine’s Out100 list,” said Stevenson. “It is a privilege to be recognized along with so many others making a real difference for the LGBTQ+ community.”
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Since joining the Family Equality team in March of 2021, Stevenson has already ushered Family Equality through a tremendous chapter of growth. From expanding the organization’s work to protect LGBTQ+ youth and families in schools to deepening the focus on lowering barriers to parenthood in the LGBTQ+ community, they have prioritized not only advancing lived and legal equality for LGBTQ+ families, but also advancing racial and social justice for BIPOC communities, those living in rural areas, and those living at or below the poverty line.
Stevenson’s advocacy has helped propel Family Equality further into the national spotlight with multiple recent appearances on The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, a bipartisan panel discussion hosted at the U.S. Capitol in September, collaborations with movement partners, countless speaking engagements, and a September op-ed in USA TODAY. In the op-ed, Stevenson shared their family’s story of moving from their home state of Texas to Washington D.C. in search of a more welcoming community.
“Family Equality is changing the narrative for LGBTQ+ families and the time couldn’t be more urgent,” said Stevenson. “With the meteoric rise in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation — over 300 bills introduced just this year — we will fiercely protect the rights we’ve earned and will continue the fight to secure the protections we still need.”
STACEY STEVENSON’S RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES
- Washington Post, “Why a Black lesbian married couple with kids left Texas,” Sept. 14, 2022
- USA TODAY, “Why we’re leaving our beloved Texas home in search of freedom from anti-LGBTQ attacks,” op-ed by Stacey Stevenson, Sept. 6, 2022
- The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, “We Have to Do Something”, Sept. 4, 2022
- The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, “NYC Pride” (video unavailable), June 26, 2022
- The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, “Bills Targeting LGBTQ+ Americans — Especially Children — Continue To Mount,” June 5, 2022
- Forbes, “Yes, June Is Pride Month, But Today Is For LGBTQ+ Families,” June 1, 2022
- Advocate magazine, “Target on Marriage Equality Too Serious to Ignore After SCOTUS Leak,” opinion by Stacey Stevenson, May 13, 2022
STACEY STEVENSON’S STORY
- Bio: Meet Stacey Stevenson, CEO
- Video: “Family is Everything: Stacey & Riley’s Story,” Stacey Stevenson shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ with their father, Riley Stevenson, in this video.
- Video: “Out in Texas,” Stacey Stevenson shares their family-building journey in the Family Equality video series.
About Family Equality
Family Equality is creating a world where everyone can experience the love, safety, and belonging of family. As the leading national organization for current and future LGBTQ+ families, we work to ensure that everyone has the freedom to find, form, and sustain their families by advancing LGBTQ+ equality through advocacy, support, storytelling, and education.
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