Hyundai Debuts LGBTQ Pride Series Featuring Shangela and More
Supporting the LGBTQ community is more than creating rainbow-themed merchandise during the month of June. Hyundai is a company that knows this and has a history of providing a safe and creative space for those in the community. Along with receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year, Hyundai debuted a new LGBTQ Pride series, putting the spotlight on some well-known individuals as well as a few emerging stars.
In the “Out for Greatness” video series, Hyundai brought together three celebrated LGBTQ leaders with three up-and-coming filmmakers to share their stories and provide each other with insight and wisdom. Each of the filmmakers in the videos has premiered a project at Outfest, an LGBTQ film festival that Hyundai sponsored this month.
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Shangela and Kevin Yee
As the only contestant to appear on three seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shangela has made a name for herself not only in the drag community, but in mainstream media as well. She’s been on shows like Glee, Bones, Community, 2 Broke Girls, and The Mentalist. She also had a role in the Academy Award-winning film A Star Is Born in 2018. Kevin Yee is an Asian musical comedian and filmmaker who debuted a film at Outfest about gay Asian experiences at night clubs.
Jane Chika Oranika and Michelle Badillo
You might recognize Chika as the voice that called out Kanye West while rapping over his song “Jesus Walks” because of his controversial political choices. The rapper from Alabama started writing songs at the young age of 8 and then poetry at 11, and combined the two to form her love of rap. She also starred in a body positive campaign for Calvin Klein earlier this year. Michelle Badillo is a queer Latinx actress and writer, with credits on game-changing shows like One Day at a Time and The Bold Type.
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Reggie Bullock and Alexandra Grey
Professional basketball player Reggie Bullock became well-known in the LGBTQ community when his sister Mia was tragically murdered for being transgender in 2014. Since then, he has made a commitment to volunteering and advocating for those in the community. Alexandra Grey is best known for her roles on Transparent and Chicago Med. She was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Transgender Actors to watch in 2019.
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