Youth Ambassador, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
40 of the Forty Honoree, True Colors Fund
Daniella is an advocate for LGBT youth and speaks at events across the world, motivating youth to achieve their goals and develop tools to overcome their adversities. Daniella recently initiated a project to bring visibility to transgender youth issues and collaborated with Miss Universe and others to share their experiences in overcoming homelessness. She has worked with her mentor Laverne Cox, was featured in the MTV & Logo documentary "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word," and is a TED Fellow.
True Fellow & 40 of the Forty Honoree,
True Colors Fund
Kristopher is a recent college graduate from Houston, TX currently working as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. A former foster child and formerly homeless youth, Kristopher has spent his professional career working with policymakers and community stakeholders to improve policies affecting children, youth, and families. He holds a BSW from the University of Houston-Downtown and will receive a Master's degree in Public Administration from Texas Southern University in 2016.
At 23, Roxane works two jobs for a living: one as a kitchen manager at a bagel shop and another as a care assistant for disabled adults. Roxane spends extra time volunteering for two local TV stations: one on a production crew and the other as a lead editor. With a few projects and jobs under the belt, Roxane looks forward to achieving much more in the future, working to the top, tooth and nail.
Youth Advocate, GSA Network
Originally from Tennessee, Tone Lee-Bias is a student at University of California, Berkeley. Tone has worked with GSA Network to create and implement policy changes within California high schools for LGBTQ+ students and contributed to the Center for American Progress’s Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof report, in which they shared their experiences as a queer, transgender homeless youth. They are also involved in local grassroots efforts in Sacramento to address and end police brutality.
Youth Advocate, Lambda Legal
Soul is 20 years old and hails from Africa. Inspired by a love for technology and computer programming, he is pursuing an education in computer science and dreams to one day work for Google. He likes to play soccer and basketball, help people, and meet new people. Soul wants to create solutions and safety for LGBT people in Africa and change the world.
This year's panelists will be introduced by True Colors Fund Board Member Sara Ramirez!
Tony Award© winner Sara Ramirez is known to viewers as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres on ABC’s top-rated television drama Grey’s Anatomy. Prior to Grey’s Anatomy, Ramirez was seen in the Broadway smash-hit Monty Python’s Spamalot as Lady of the Lake, for which she earned both a Tony Award© for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and an Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
Ramirez graduated from the Juilliard Drama School. Shortly after graduation, she made her Broadway debut starring in Paul Simon’s The Capeman. Following that, she starred on Broadway in Fascinating Rhythm and A Class Act, as well as Off Broadway in The Vagina Monologues. For the past 3 seasons, Sara has been the voice of ‘Queen Miranda’ in the Disney Channel animated series, Sofia The First. She has also appeared on NYPD Blue, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Spin City, in addition to several pilots. In Spring 2011, Ramirez captured a whole new audience when she performed the most prominent songs on the special music event episode of Grey’s Anatomy and released her own EP on iTunes.
In 2015, Sara was awarded the Ally For Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In addition to her role as a member of the True Colors Fund’s Board of Directors, she supports non-profit organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the California Writing Program’s “I Write the Future” campaign.
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Raymond Braun is the LGBT marketing lead for YouTube and a content creator specializing in videos for the LGBT community: youtube.com/raymondbraun.
In 2013, Raymond originated and led YouTube’s first ever marketing campaign dedicated to celebrating the LGBT community: #ProudToLove. The international, award-winning campaign reached hundreds of millions of people worldwide and became the blueprint for YouTube’s LGBT marketing and community engagement efforts, including #ProudToPlay and #ProudToLove 2015. During Raymond’s tenure at YouTube, YouGov’s BrandIndex has consistently listed YouTube as one of the top 5 best perceived brands by the LGBT community.
Raymond has been instrumental in helping various YouTubers and celebrities come out using social media. He is also a consultant for several LGBT non-profit organizations around the world, helping them more effectively engage millennials through YouTube and social media.
He was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list, iMedia top 25 Marketing Leaders and Innovators, and Men’s Health “Gay Celebrities Roundtable.” He has been featured in Forbes, CNN, Seventeen magazine, Variety, NPR, and AdWeek, among others. You can follow Raymond on social media using @raymondbraun.