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8 Black Queer & Trans Business Owners to Know

by L.G. Parker

The statistics are daunting and all around us. Because black, because queer, because trans, because gender-non-conforming, because, because, because… we are less likely to be hired, more likely to go without. Some of our loved ones might even suggest that we stop acting like a lil boy or girl, stop playing dress up, grow up and look decent and get a job. Maybe some of them are well meaning, but the fact remains that those suggestions are harmful and do not help us cope with the many ways that we already fear the way various discriminations will impact our finances and employability.

I like to consider the following business owners when I start to worry about these things.

13-year-old philanthropist, author & entrepreneur Maya Penn wows audience with TED talk

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13-year-old Maya Penn is the CEO of Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet. She sells her own knit scarves and hats online, and recently gave a TEDtalk on entrepreneurship.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast that showcases some of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference. The conference allows the world’s leading thinkers and doers to give the “talk of their lives” in 18 minutes or less.