June is Pride Month, an annual celebration of the many contributions made by the LGBTQIA+ community to history, society, and cultures worldwide. This Pride Month, we are celebrating the LGBTQIA + community and those that are products of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Here are 6 Influential LGBTQIA+ HBCU Alums!

1Wanda Sykes – Hampton University 

Iconic comedian, actress, producer, and Emmy Award-winning writer, Wanda Sykes graduated from Hampton University in 1986, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She has ranked among Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest People in America” and her peers have called her “one of the funniest stand-up comics” in the field. In 2008, Wanda married her wife Alex Sykes, and publicly came out as a lesbian a few weeks after their wedding at an equality rally in Las Vegas. Since then, Sykes has used her platform to champion LGBTQIA+ voices and equality through years of activism.