VISIBILITY AWARD

honorees

Nikita Dragun is unapologetic and unafraid of being her most authentic self. Growing up in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Virginia, Nikita escaped to her fantasy land through makeup but always felt like there was something missing. It wasn’t long before Nikita realized it wasn’t real life she wanted to escape but her fantasy she wanted to live.

Nikita now wants to help everyone else live their fantasy through continued content on her channels, music projects, and with the debut of her original cosmetics line, Dragun Beauty, now available everywhere online at DragunBeauty.com. Nikita has worked with brands like Missguided, Morphe, Rimmel, Uber, Google, MAC, Amika, and more.

Nikita Dragun

Raymond Braun

Raymond Braun is an award-winning TV host and media personality (Catfish: Trolls, MTV News, CNN, RuPaul's Drag Race, I Am Jazz, Decoded, Clean Slate, and more), journalist, writer, and LGBTQ advocate. He was named "one of the preeminent queer activists of his generation" by OUT, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Global All Star, and the #1 most influential young LGBTQ leader in the world by the Financial Times Pride Power Rankings.

 

Raymond is the Executive Producer and Host of the forthcoming feature length documentary, State of Pride, which made its world premiere as the Opening Night Documentary at SXSW Film Festival. The film – directed by Academy Award winners Jeff Friedman and Rob Epstein, and produced in conjunction with leading digital studio Portal A – explores the significance, controversy, and meaning of Pride for young people 50 years after the Stonewall Riots.

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DODANI

An Indian-American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Nik Dodani is best known for his role as "Zahid" on the Netflix series ATYPICAL, currently filming its third season. He recently played Candice Bergen’s director of social media on the revival of the CBS comedy series MURPHY BROWN. Earlier this year, Nik shared the screen with Taylor Russell and Jay Ellis in the Sony thriller ESCAPE ROOM. He previously appeared in a supporting lead role in the Ben Stiller-produced Netflix gay teenage romantic comedy ALEX STRANGELOVE.

 

As a standup comedian, Nik has opened for such heavyweights as Whitney Cummings, Margaret Cho, Dane Cook, and Judd Apatow on the main stage at The Comedy Store in LA and at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. He recently performed his standup on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On the writing front, Nik is adapting Rakesh Sityal's debut novel BLUE BOY into a feature, charting an Indian-American boy's perceived transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. Nik is an active supporter of a number of LGBTQ organizations, including Glaad and Lambda Legal, and he was selected as one of The Advocate magazine‘s 2018 Entertainers of the Year.

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BIRD

Sue Bird / Three-Time WNBA Champion

Regarded as the world’s premier point guard, Sue Bird is the WNBA’s All-Time Leader in Assists and known for being selfless, driven, encouraging and smart. Bird is a seasoned veteran and a born leader who has dominated at every level. She is one of only seven women to win an Olympic Gold Medal (she’s won four), a World Championship Gold Medal (she’s won four) an NCAA Championship (she’s won two), and a WNBA Championship (she’s won three). Sue is also a five-time Euroleague Champion, an eleven-time WNBA All-Star, was voted by the fans as one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time and chosen by the league as a member of the WNBA’s Top 20 players. Off the court, you can find Sue working as basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets or advocating for equality, health and wellness and expanding opportunities for girls.

 

Just prior to the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game that took place in her home team’s market of Seattle, Bird publicly came out and stated that she had been dating soccer star Megan Rapinoe.  Bird and Rapinoe became the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of ESPN’s Body issue.