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Mary Emily O'Hara

Diversity and Inclusion Reporter
Mary Emily O'Hara is a diversity and inclusion reporter. O'Hara specializes in covering LGBTQ+ issues and other underrepresented communities. They previously worked at Into, them., MSNBC and NBC News, the Daily Dot and Vice. In 2016, O'Hara won an NLGJA (National Association of LGBTQ Journalists) award for their coverage of transgender healthcare apps and is known for breaking the story of the nation's first legally nonbinary person obtaining legal status that same year. Their continued coverage ultimately helped lead at least 11 U.S. states to add gender-neutral options to driver's licenses and ID cards.

It’s No Longer Legal to Fire Someone for Being LGBTQ, Supreme Court Rules

Before today, LGBTQ staff could be fired in the majority of U.S. states without recourse.

Band-Aid Adds Non-White Skin Tone Bandages After a Previous Failed Attempt

Competitor brands like Tru-Colour and Browndages have been selling inclusive shades to fill the gap.

Saturday Morning Pens Letter Asking Industry to Take ‘Bold Steps’ to Protect Black Lives

The Black-led agency, launched in response to police shootings, asks, "Why are we still here?"

BET’s ‘Dear Black People’ Spot Kicks Off $25 Million Social Justice Campaign

Through Content for Change, it's partnering with civil rights groups on its platforms.

Sephora Joins 15 Percent Pledge, Commits to Stocking More Black-Owned Brands

The beauty retailer is partnering with 15 Percent Pledge to diversify its shelves.

Marcus Graham Project Fellows Launch Pop-Up Multicultural Agency

There couldn't be a better time for these diverse, outspoken young creatives to enter the industry.

Latino PSA Features Luchadors to Deliver Helpful Covid Info to Spanish Speakers

'Lucha vs. El Virus' was created to fill a gap and reach a segment of the population that has been highly affected by the virus.

Why LGBTQ Pride Festivals Are Becoming Black Lives Matter Protests

Fifty-one years after Stonewall, Pride is going back to its roots.

Why Journalists Are Walking Out of Newsrooms in Protest

A lack of newsroom diversity has contributed to some serious problems in covering racial justice.

Brands and Agencies Pour Money Into Black College Programs

Criticism about lack of diversity at companies prompts funding for education.