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From activists to politicians, entertainers, scientists and journalists, members of the LGBTQ+ community have made an impact on our world through their work and their words. This Pride Month, we're celebrating them by learning the ABCs of these LGBTQ trailblazers.
A is for Anderson Cooper
CNN anchor and "60 Minutes" correspondent Anderson Cooper is one of the most recognized journalists in the news business and one of the most visible members of the LGBTQ community in the industry.
B is for Barbara Smith
Feminist scholar, activist, public official and author Barbara Smith cofounded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first national publishing company run by and for women of color.
C is for Cecilia Chung
San Francisco civil rights leader and LGBTQ activist Cecilia Chung is a leader in the area of HIV/AIDS awareness and health advocacy. She is the founder of Positively Trans, a national network of people living with HIV.
D is for Donna Loring
Donna Loring is a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine and a champion of the state's indigenous people. She has served in the Maine state legislature and as a senior aide on tribal affairs to the governor.
E is for E. Denise Simmons
E. Denise Simmons, the former mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was the first openly lesbian African-American mayor in the United States. She now serves on the Cambridge City Council where she is an advocate for affordable housing.