In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, in addition to recognizing 30 contemporary change-makers, innovators and rising stars during Pride Month, NBC News is also honoring 20 veterans of the LGBTQ movement.
Five Angelenos made the list including: Ryan O'Connell — Actor, producer and disability advocate; Asia Kate Dillon — 'Billions' breakout star; Tanya Saracho — Queer Latinx showrunner; Steven Canals — 'Pose' co-creator and writer; and, Patricio Manuel — Barrier-breaking trans boxer.
Ryan O'Connell — Actor, producer and disability advocate
In addition to being a well-received LGBTQ comedy series, "Special" gave a huge opportunity and platform to a creator with a disability. With Ryan O’Connell in control of the story, he was able to do something on television people may not have seen before. Read more here.
Asia Kate Dillon — 'Billions' breakout star
Asia Kate Dillon, of Showtime's hit series "Billions," is the first nonbinary actor with a starring role on American TV. Now, they're using that platform to introduce the world to the spectrum of gender and advocating for their queer and trans siblings. Read more here.
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Tanya Saracho — Queer Latinx showrunner
The Starz show "Vida" was always going to be about the "gentefication"— gentrification driven by young, upwardly mobile Latino individuals — but it was the series' showrunner, Tanya Saracho, who decided to place queer actors, crew members and writers at its forefront. The result? "Vida" has been praised by viewers and critics alike for moving beyond buzzwords, pushing past tokenism and caricaturization and revolutionizing queer representation in television. Read more here.
Steven Canals — 'Pose' co-creator and writer
In 2018, FX gave us "Pose," a series about a group of complex queer and trans characters or color. The award-winning drama, which is set in the '80s, was the brainchild of Bronx-born writer Steve Canals, who came up with the idea more than 15 years ago. The show has won many awards, including GLAAD Media Awards and Peabody. Read more here.
Patricio Manuel — Barrier-breaking trans boxer
Patricio Manuel made boxing history in December, when he became the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. The boxing champion grew up in Gardena, just outside of Los Angeles, and first tried the sport when he was barely a teenager. Read more here.
Take a look at NBC News' full list here.