After becoming the victim of a violent hate crime for kissing his boyfriend goodnight in late 2014, Cole Ledford took to social media and become an overnight, viral-sensation for good. He now travels the country speaking on the power of sharing your story and encouraging others to embrace their differences and create change. In the spirit of story telling and change, Cole shares every aspect of his life through his social media platforms and YouTube channel, amassing over 100,000 followers and subscribers across all platforms. Using his experiencesand network within the social influencer field, Cole consults with and represents individuals and businesses to grow their platforms and achieve their goals of sharing what they have to offer with the world.
Cole is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he studied Business and Leadership Studies and currently lives in New York City. He has been the recipient of awards and honors such as Huffington Post's "Gay Activist of the Week," Human Rights Campaign Guest of Honor, UpWorthy's "Break The Internet" Award for Social Media Prowess.
When Cole is not traveling or working, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching cat videos on the internet, and drinking pumpkin spice lattes while singing along to Beyonce.