Everything in my etsy shop is 20% off trough tuesday!
Here are a few paintings of queer love to enjoy on the holidays!
LGBTQ PoC Comics
Queer YA books, especially YA starring queer PoC characters, are my jam – and comics are no exception. With graphic novels like Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me out in the world, it truly feels like we’re in a golden era of queer comics, so if you’re looking to get into comics, now’s the time! Here’s a few comics starring LGBTQ PoC characters to kickstart your journey:
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.
Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.
Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen
FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.
Amandla Stenberg: non-binary actress and singer (The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games) [she/her; they/them]
Ezra Miller: genderqueer actor (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Justice League) [prefers he/him but is comfortable with all pronouns]
Chella Man: genderqueer YouTuber, actor & model (Titans) [he/him]
Brigette Lundy-Paine: non-binary actor (Atypical, The Glass Castle) [they/them]
Angel Haze: agender rapper & singer (Battle Cry, Cleaning out my Closet) [she/her; he/him]
Indya Moore: non-binary actor & model (Pose, Queen & Slim) [they/them]
Ruby Rose: genderfluid actress, model, talk show host, DJane (Batwoman, OitnB) [she/her]
Asia Kate Dillon: non-binary actor (Billions, OitnB, John Wick 3) [they/them]
Quintessa Swindell: non-binary actor (Trinkets, Euphoria) [they, them]
Jonathan Van Ness: non-binary television personality, podcaster & hairdresser (Queer Eye) [prefers he/him but is also okay with they/them & she/her]
Feel free to add other celebrities or to correct me if I’ve got something wrong!
THE IT GETS BETTER PROJECT IS LOOKING FOR OPENLY LGBTQ+ YOUTH ACTIVISTS TO SHARE YOUR STORY IN A WEB DOCU-SERIES.
Our goal is to give viewers around the world a hopeful, affirming glimpse into the lives of activists who identify as LGBTQ+ around the world (including outside of USA) and a respect for the intersectionality of many forms of activism. We’re looking for young people between the ages of 14-24 who are comfortably “out” as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and who are involved in intersectional causes that aren’t necessarily directly about LGBTQ+ equality.
Maybe you’re part of a group of young queer activists working to end gun violence or fight for change in immigration policy. Maybe you’re creating a space for other LGBTQ+ youth to join you in advocating for global climate change or local workers rights. Maybe you’re creating art as activism related to racial inequality or reproductive justice. Maybe you are just a young person who is passionate about a particular cause and want to see a change in the world. We’re looking for young people between 14-24 who are changing the world…or even your own community. No cause is too small!
Does being openly LGBTQ+ impact your view of the world? Why are you so passionate about the cause you’re fighting for? The time commitment is limited- filming would take place over 1-2 days in your area based on your availability.
What’s your story? Please email us ASAP and let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REFERENCE “ACTIVISM” IN THE EMAIL AND TELL US ABOUT YOU!
With this jarring image (above), the American Colombian photographer Ruven Afanador insists that the viewer contend with what it means to choose to be feminine or masculine, or something in between, in a world that is far less binary than science has claimed.
Ever since British designer Jonathan Anderson began showing gender-bending menswear collections in London in 2012, fashion has been musing on notions of binary dressing rules. These days it is often challenging to discern the gender of models on fashion runways. Young, flat-chested men in Gucci blouses look much like young, flat-chested women in Gucci blouses.
Trans, black and loved
Imara Jones left Georgia to discover herself as a trans woman. Two decades later, she returns to meet her family as her whole self.
The Road Back
There is one essential truth about human beings: we all come from somewhere. Me? I’m a black trans woman who left the deep south at 18.
It’s September 2018, two decades later, and I’m in a car headed back to Georgia for the first time as my whole self – with a new body, and a whole new way of being – to meet my 95-year-old great aunt Mama Rose and the rest of my family. […]
[My mother] died in 2011 before I transitioned. […] I was wondering whether she would have ultimately accepted me as her daughter.
That’s why meeting with Mama Rose is so important to me. I had to get clues from my mother’s aunt to find out whether she would have accepted me. She is the only person still alive who knew my mom before my mom knew herself. […]
The Gift of Aunt Rose
As my conversation with Mama Rose unfolded, so did my joy. I was blown away by her as she talked about my mother’s sweetness, intelligence, thoughtfulness and sensitivity as a child. We rarely can imagine our parents as children; I was suddenly able to do so and it rounded out her humanity and vulnerability in my mind. Mama Rose is giving me the gift of memories of my mom which only she possessed.
But Mama Rose does even more. As she talks, she embodies the example of love she sets for our entire family. When I ask her why she doesn’t judge people, she says simply because “it is what it is”.
It is this example which has led me to be embraced by four generations of my family, including some of its youngest members.
Imara, whose work has won Emmy and Peabody Awards, is the creator of TransLash a multi-episode docuseries about it is like to be trans at a time of social backlash. In 2019 she chaired the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants.
As a journalist and intersectional news-producer, Imara is the host The Last Sip a weekly, half-hour news show currently on hiatus which targets Millennials of color, especially women and the LGBTQ community. Imara’s work as a host, on-air news analyst, and writer focuses on the full-range of social justice and equity issues. Imara has been featured regularly in a number of leading news outlets such as The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Mic, and Colorlines.
Imara has held economic policy posts in the Clinton White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia. Imara is currently a Soros Equality Fellow and on the board of the Anti-violence Project. She goes by the pronouns she/her/they/them.
My little bro: *respects they/them pronouns and defends lesbian characters when his friends make homophobic jokes*
Me, a closeted bisexual who’s been purposely introducing him to video games and shows with LGBT characters:
She-Ra really is out here giving us girl superheroes and monster girls and women with beards and women with giant muscles and non-binary characters and cute lesbian crushes and gay dads and I’m surprised I don’t see more excitement about that.