100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Kristen McCallum

Photo courtesy Kristen McCallum

Kristen McCallum struggled to come out to her Caribbean family, but she was able to find some self-love and new siblings in QTPOC spaces. “Learning to love something about myself that I grew up ashamed of has been painful but I deserve to be my best self,” McCallum says. “That is my constant reminder to be softer with my community because we really need to be there for each other.” As the creator and host of the podcast #SafeWordSociety, McCallum offers listeners a chance to hear stories about themselves and others like them, focusing on queer, trans and non-binary people of color who are rarely represented elsewhere. Prior to the podcast, she was already doing this kind of work, conducting interviews with social justice leaders and QTPOC influencers for Afropunk and producing/managing content for Elixher, the GLAAD Media Award-nominated website and magazine for black queer and trans women and non-binary people. “There is a void that is vital to our progress and well-being,” McCallum says. “Being able to give my community something they can be proud of is everything to me. Our content is going to change lives and I’m here for it.” –TB