Pride Favourites 2018
I have loved writing my mini series of pride-themed blog posts to celebrate this year's Pride Month. So far I have written a list of some amazing LGBTQ+ designers (which featured the creators of the 3 illustrations included above - from top to bottom: Timothy Goodman, Cute Brute and Frances Cannon) and shared my favourite typographic pride project and a little rainbow wishlist.
For my final post, today I have a special edition of my illustrated monthly favourites series. Over the past 4 weeks I have discovered lots of TV shows, art projects, websites and campaigns which aim to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and tell the stories of the members of this wonderful rainbow community. Here are some of my favourites...
The "Gilbert" typeface was designed to celebrate the iconic rainbow flag and it's creator. The rainbow flag was originally designed 40 years ago by Gilbert Baker, an early LGBT activist. Gilbert sadly passed away last year and this new typeface is a fitting tribute, allowing his legacy to live on in a new form. You can read more about the Type With Pride project here.
I got to see Joe Lycett in Perth this month and it was the best stand-up act I've ever seen. I expected him to be hilarious - which obviously he was - but I didn't expect his set to be as educational as it was. There was a lot of LGBTQ+ information cleverly woven into the show. If you ever get the chance to see him, I highly recommend you do!
Facebook commissioned Texas-based design studio In-House International to produce a series of typographic prints to celebrate Pride Month. 6 different LGBTQ+ artists were each given a different letter to illustrate which together made up a loud, proud, rainbow-coloured display. I discovered the project by reading this article about it on Creative Boom.
A comedy show like no other, Hannah Gadsby's new Netflix special is both unique and brilliant. During the show, Hannah delves into some dark past experiences as she reflects on her life as a gay woman and how she has reached the decision to quit comedy. The special is definitely not light viewing but is definitely worth a watch!
Rainbow Rugby Shirt
Lots of fashion brands have embraced Pride season by releasing pride-themed apparel. As much as I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments, I wouldn't personally wear the bold slogans or bright rainbows a lot of brands have gone with. I do however love and very much want this block-colour rugby top from Boohoo.
A Floral Rainbow
This year, Squarespace have teamed up with floral designer Sarah Lineberger to create an impressive, rainbow-coloured floral display outside their headquarters in New York. The display is made up of more than 3,000 locally sourced flowers. Squarespace have also sponsored the pride marches in all 3 of the cities they have offices in.
Kiss With Pride
It wasn't actually Absolut vodka itself I've loved recently but the campaign they ran during pride month. Absolut's Kiss With Pride campaign shows 72 same sex couples from 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal sharing a kiss. Absolut worked with LGBT charity Stonewall on the campaign to raise awareness and money for the cause.
Once again, this year Skittles went white for the month of June. Believing that there is only one rainbow that matters during pride, Skittles ditched their iconic colours for Pride Month. I don't usually love when brands jump on a cause to further their advertising campaigns but this one is quite understated and sweet so I definitely approve.
My favourite and the most educational website I have found over the past month has been Destination Pride. The site allows you to choose any country from around the world and produces a rainbow graph showing how LGBTQ+ friendly the destination is based on factors like marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws.
My final favourite is a Channel 4 show called Gender Quake. Basically, a group of young adults of different gender identities and sexual orientations are put in a house together for a week and spend the time talking about their experiences. I wouldn't say this about many reality shows but this one really was quite educational and enlightening.
I have loved producing this little series of pride posts. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ myself, it has been nice to spend time sharing the work of those rainbow creatives who are striving to make the world a better place. I will definitely be writing more on this subject (and not just in Pride Month) as it is a cause very close to my heart. Happy Pride everyone!