Happy Pride Month, #ShokzSquad! Looking for ways to be an ally or to connect with the LGBTQ+ community? Consider diversifying your Instagram feed to include more people from all orientations and gender identity backgrounds. Meet some of our favourite LGBTQ+ athletes to follow on Instagram and hit the follow button for yourself, too!
If you’re looking for your regular dose of running inspiration accompanied by the beautiful backdrop of California’s renowned and picturesque Napa Valley, click the follow button on Omar’s (also known as @omar.runs.napa) profile stat! The tech professional and hybrid athlete is known for delivering tons of motivating and knowledgeable running content along with sharing his everyday life and his impeccable choice in vibrant running gear. Trust us, after watching a few of his reels, you’ll be sufficiently pumped up for your next run. Get to know Omar better when you check his Shokz Be Open video where he discusses his experiences as a gay man and what Pride means to him.
Canadian Olympic runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (@gabrielastafford) is sure to be your new favourite pro to follow on the ‘gram. Aside from her awesome rotating hair colour choices and snapshots of her in competition, her Instagram feed offers up training tips, race updates, and frequent power poses in brand partner Nike gear that will leave you wishing you could like a post twice. Tap the follow button and brighten up your timeline!
Adventure seekers need not look elsewhere for encouraging outdoors content! Mikah (@mikahmey) is the first-ever person to explore all 400+ National Park Service sites in one journey, and he’s considered to be an adventure travel expert. Inspired by the lack of openly queer people in the outdoors and camping spaces, Mikah has created Outside Safe Space, a community dedicated to making the community more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ+ people. Follow him for running content, life updates, and an instant motivation boost whenever it’s needed. Get to know Mikah better in this interview blog post.
If you’re a WNBA fan, chances are you’re a Seimone fan, too! The longtime basketball star is now a coach for the Los Angeles Sparks, but spent several years racking up major stats as a guard for the Minnesota Lynx and is best known for her time on the Lynx team and as a member of the Sparks before her retirement. Tap into Seimone’s feed for occasional in-action shots of her coaching, authentic talks with her followers via Instagram Live, and her regular advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and issues. Simply put, following her is a slam dunk.
Professional athlete, triathlete champion, and #ShokzSquad member Chris Mosier is nothing less than living, breathing inspiration. Chris was the first trans person to join Team USA and is best known for his history-making appearance at the Olympic Trials. You can always find him sharing his advocacy and his experiences as a trans man on his feed, which is packed with tons of helpful information on how to join in the fight for equality and acceptance.
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