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APB is proud to represent an impressive array of speakers who passionately advocate civil rights. These gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) issues speakers' inspirational and motivational keynotes challenge us to stand up for our fellow human beings, regardless of their sexual orientation. With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage across the US, these speakers on GLBTQ issues remind us that the fight for equal rights is relevant and crucial to the fabric of the American Dream.

GLBTQ Issues

Author, AIDS & LGBT Rights Activist

Cleve Jones’s career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970s, when he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Since then, he founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and has become a sought after keynote...

Former NFL Player, Equality Advocate & Educator

Wade Davis is a thought leader, advocate, writer, public speaker and educator on gender, race and orientation equality. Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks. In 2014, Davis began consulting for...

Actress, Author & Activist

Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, activist and author of Whatever… Love Is Love, a book due out in April 2015 that makes a compelling argument about the fluidity of partnerships, and how families today come in a myriad...

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor & Inspirational Motivator

When Angel Colon decided to go out for a fun night with his friends on June 11th 2016, he had no idea that his life would be changed forever. The Pulse Nightclub attack, the deadliest shooting in US history, changed Colon's life forever as a...

RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge & Author

Internationally renowned television personality, radio show host, platinum-selling recording artist, and now author, Michelle Visage has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry for the past three decades. On the television front,...

Award-Winning Comedy Writer

A trailblazing female in stand-up comedy, Carol Leifer is an award-winning writer for such shows as SNL, Seinfeld & Modern Family. She shares her sage, funny perspective on women’s issues, her Jewish roots & human...

Olympic Diver & Author

Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 10. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first man in 56 years to win two gold medals in diving by winning both the platform and...

Award-Winning Actress & Activist

Rarely do we encounter an actress with such a remarkable range of talents and scope of emotion than that of Najimy. Seen in over 25 films such as Sister Act and The Wedding Planner, she is an AIDS activist and enthusiastic...

Lead Attorney on the Supreme Court DOMA Gay Rights Case

Roberta A. Kaplan, a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss LLP and a speaker with charisma and compassion, has been described as a “powerhouse corporate litigator.” Kaplan successfully argued the case of her client Edie Windsor...

Subject of the Academy Award-nominated Facing Fear

As the subject of the Academy Award-nominated short documentary Facing Fear, Matthew Boger describes the haunting details of one of his darkest moments in his young life. Through his work as a motivational speaker, Boger is able to move...

Columnist & Political Commentator for CNN

Sally Kohn is a columnist and a political commentator for CNN. One of the leading progressive voices in America today, Sally is a popular keynote speaker who makes audiences laugh and think.

Author, Educator & Historian

A former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, law professor and civil rights historian, Dr. Mary Frances Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal...

Executive Director of the ACLU

The first Latino and openly gay Executive Director of the ACLU, Romero has greatly increased and energized members, transforming the ACLU into an organizational powerhouse championing civil liberties. In his new book, In Defense of America,...

CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight / Best-Selling Author

Keith Ferrazzi is the world’s foremost expert in professional relationship development. He has transformed the lives and careers of clients and readers worldwide, bringing 20 years of research and experience to the art and science of business...

Tennis Legend

A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor, and sheer motivation. Arguably the best tennis player ever to play the game, Navratilova has amassed an...

Award-Winning Actor, Lost

An award-winning actor known for his role as "Benjamin Linus" in the hit series Lost, Michael Emerson is a 2009 Emmy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a 2010 Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor...

Filmmaker

The creative mind behind Monster's Ball, speaker Lee Daniels was the first African American producer of an Academy Award-nominated movie.

TV Icon & Host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

A beloved TV icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances to her current work as the host of the Emmy-winning Ellen DeGeneres Show.

GLBT Expert

Named "the godfather of gay sensitivity training" by The New York Times, McNaught is the best-selling author of three watershed books on gay issues, and is the country's leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay issues in the...

CNN Anchor

Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend primetime and serves as a correspondent across CNN/US programming. Based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. In 2009, he was named by Ebony as...

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