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Amid the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic, NBC OUT is recognizing 12 LGBTQ people contributing to the fight against COVID-19 and its ripple effects. Learn more about these LGBTQ aspirational leaders and their inspiring stories including:

Actor with a Cause: Actor Indya Moore has raised over $20,000 since the start of the pandemic to help transgender women of color pay for food, rent and gender-affirming care.

Queerantine’ Photographer: Ally Schmaling says their Instagram photo series celebrates “queer personhood, chosen family” and “community resiliency” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mask-Sewing Drag Queen: Gary “Sushi” Marion is working with other drag performers to sew masks from his home in Key West, Florida.

Pastor to the Homeless: Amid the pandemic, the Rev. Kim Jackson, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Common Ground, is focused on protecting her vulnerable congregation. “Fundamentally, we’re concerned about their health and making sure they don’t get infected with COVID-19,” Jackson said of her homeless congregants. “We’re making sure they live through this pandemic.”

Southern Trans Advocate: Black Trans Advocacy Coalition founder Carter Brown is taking steps to ensure black transgender people don’t get pushed further to the margins.

NBC Out showcases feature stories, original videos and other unique content about, and of interest to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

To read the full feature, please visit: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/pride-2020.

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