Derrick Clifton, 29, is an award-winning writer,
commentator and speaker on issues of identity,
culture and politics - with attention to race, gender
and LGBT rights. Their work has appeared at NBC
News, The Root, Vox, The Guardian, Windy City Times,
Chicago Reader and more. Clifton is the Manager of
Communications for ProPublica Illinois, the first regional outpost of the four-time Pulitzer Prize winning news site dedicated to investigative journalism. Clifton, who is queer and gender-fluid, is working on a memoir aimed at help readers understand the uniquely beautiful yet turbulent coming-of-age experiences for queer and gender variant people of color.
"It takes all kinds to elevate awareness of intersectionality in media and mainstream culture, and it's been the blessing of my life to help advance a Black, queer and feminist perspective," said Clifton. "This award touches me not only because of the affirmation, but because it's coming from my community."