17th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala honors Brent Miller of Proctor Gamble.
June 11, 2018: Live Out Loud held the 17 Annual Trailblazers Gala hosted by Ariana DeBose, Tony nominated for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, on Monday at The Times Center in New York, where Broadway star, Nick Adams, was a special performer and Hailie Sahar, from FX’s Pose, was a special guest presenter.
Each year at the Gala, Live Out Loud honors three graduating high school seniors, each, with a $10,000 scholarship. Along with these awards Live Out Loud recognizes outstanding individuals, who have nurtured and supported the LGBTQ community. This year Brent Miller of Proctor Gamble, P&G, was given the corporate leadership award.
As one of the earliest companies to include sexual orientation into its diversity statement, P&G has been a leader in supporting the LGBTQ community. This year, P&G reached billions of people around the world with its “Love Over Bias” campaign celebrating moms and their role in helping young people reach their full potential no matter where they come from or who they love. Working in partnership with Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy, P&G put a spotlight on LGBTQ youth and the importance of supporting them to achieve greatness. Head & Shoulders, a P&G brand, also worked with Kenworthy in their “Shoulders of Greatness” campaign to highlight the power of living as your authentic self. The campaign featured the first Pride flag to ever be shown in a national television advertisement and helped create a dialogue of support and acceptance.
The scholarship award winners were: Ibn H. Coleman, Ross L. Jacobson, and Ethan W. Cepeda. Jennifer Elliott, LCSW was recognized for her inspired work as Educator of the Year.
Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization that nurtures future LGBTQ leaders by providing them with role models, resources and opportunities needed to discover their voice and become agents of change. This year, three outstanding high school seniors from the New York Tri-State area will each be awarded $10,000 college scholarships for their demonstrated leadership and community activism. Proceeds from the gala event will benefit Live Out Loud’s educational school programming for LGBTQ youth.