100 Women We Love: Class Of 2018

Each one of these women, in her own unique way, is a role model who exemplifies the best of the LGBTQ community.

Katie Hultquist

Photo by Katie Hultquist

Katie Hultquist sees everyone as connected, and in her role as West Coast Director for OutRight Action International — the international LGBTQ human rights organization — she works to ensure no members of our community are left behind. Hultquist has devoted her career to social justice, working in local, national, and international organizations that variously support vulnerable children, train young leaders, build courage and leadership in girls, and fight for marriage equality and reproductive choice. The activists around the world who fight for LGBTQ human rights, putting their lives on the line, inspire her work in fundraising and nonprofit management, she says. “I’m in awe of their determination to be true to themselves and to demand respect, freedom, and basic equality,” says Hultquist, who lives in Seattle with her wife and three children. “It is a privilege to amplify their voices and stand in solidarity with them.” She has been involved in the nonprofit world for 20 years, unwavering in her belief that “we are one global community,” and that “we can’t truly enjoy the freedoms and rights we have if others are being persecuted or suffering,” she says. “Everyone deserves to have basic safety, freedom, equality and dignity — it’s as simple as that.” —SEJ