Pride Favourites 2019
As it’s Pride Month, I am bring back my monthly favourites series for a special one-off LGBTQ+ themed edition. The world is a bit of a scary place at the moment so events like Pride which celebrate being different from “the norm” are particularly important. It can be easy to get a little down about not quite fitting in with what is considered normal by society. Luckily, there are countless queer folk who are constantly using there creative talents to make the world a more positive and accepting place. Since I posted my 2018 Pride Favourites, I have discovered so many books, films and TV shows as well as online influencers and artists who are pushing the LGBTQ+ movement forward in wonderful ways.
Here is a list of my favourite proud people and projects…
Kate Moross is an award winning art director, illustrator, graphic designer and founder of Studio Moross. If you aren’t familiar with Kate’s work, I would highly recommend you read Make Your Own Luck as it is a brilliant introduction to their brilliantly bold style and admirable work ethic. Throughout Kate’s impressive career, they have worked on many amazing projects including the recent Spice Girls reunion tour and amassed an impressive social media following. Kate uses this online presence as a way to not only share work but to raise awareness about trans issues and open up a discussion about gender. So much of the negativity in the world comes from ignorance and miseducation so open, honest, proud accounts of what it is like to question your gender are so important. I have been a fan of Kate’s for quite some time and have learnt so much following both her career and personal life.
Fredrik Andersson explores homo eroticism and the human body in his work as an illustrator. Drawing on his own memories, he uses art as a sort of therapy and way of processing his life experiences. The recent political climate has inspired Fredrik to promote love equality even more and make a conscious effort to include bodies from all sections of the LGBTQ+ spectrum within his work. Subject matter aside, I love Fredrik’s style. His portfolio is filled with joyful colour palettes and you get a real sense of his passion for creating through everything her produces. It is refreshing to see gay sex and relationships portrayed in such a fun and upbeat way. Fredrik and describes being queer as being “as loud and as proud as possible” and he should be very proud of the beautiful and meaningful artworks he creates too.
I only discovered the work of Dominic Evans - who is perhaps better known as DOM&INK - a few months ago but now I can’t imagine my instagram feed without him. Dominic describes his aim as an illustrator as creating work which makes people feel “empowered, confident and all warm and fuzzy inside”. And his is definitely one of the most empowering Instagram feeds I have ever found. In his mission to make the world a better place, he covers everything from a broad spectrum of LGBTQ+ issues to subjects like body confidence and inclusivity. This Pride month has been particularly busy for Dom as he has been promoting his new book Free To Be Me - an LGBTQ+ journal is all about love, pride and “finding you inner rainbow”. The book and DOM&INK’s work in general is exactly the type of beauty the world needs right now.
Moving onto some Pride-themed entertainment, if you haven’t watched the first season of Pose then what have you doing with your life? You should do so immediately. Set in the 80’s, Pose explores ball culture in New York city and covers several LGBTQ+ issues which were particularly prominent at that time. Not only does the series serve more amazing looks than any I have watched before, it also has the most trans people in its cast than any show before. The show is created by Ryan Murphy who made American Horror story and many other good things and Billy Porter is in it so if that isn’t a reason to watch then I don’t know what is.
I have far too many LGBTQ+ films over the past year to include them all in this list. My favourite has been The Pass starring Russell Tovey and Arinze Kene. The movie looks at how a romantic interaction between 2 young footballers effects them throughout the rest of their lives and careers. The Pass is a classic example of how a film doesn’t need to be big budget to make an impact. Taking place in just a few settings and with a tiny cast, it tells a heartbreakingly believable and emotive story. It’s definitely worth a watch and once you are done I would also recommend God’s Own Country, Alex Strangelove, Holding The Man and Handsome Devil.
Most campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights and representation is done, for obvious reasons, by people who themselves identify as queer in some way. However, I think it is also important to recognise those who aren’t directly effected by the issues but are striving to help the cause anyway. I really admire how, despite being a cis straight man, Timothy Goodman sees it as his responsibility as much as anyone else’s to help with pushing the LGBTQ+ movement forward. Timothy recently shared an email he sent to a client who had approached him to create a Pride mural on Instagram. He politely rejected the offer and suggested that they approach an LGBTQ+ artist instead. I think there is a lot to learn from Timothy as if we all took this approach then inclusive representation as a whole within the creative industries could be pushed forward so much faster.
Finally, Probably This have become my favourite gay couple on the internet. Based in New Orleans, Beau and Matt have been sharing their lives on the internet for the past 4 years through their blog, Instagram and YouTube channel. They write and talk about food, interiors, traveling and fashion as well as raising awareness about LGBTQ+ issues and sharing their experiences of what it is like to be a gay couple in 2019. To be honest, I often find couple who’s business is so centred around their life together to be a bit forced but Matt and Beau are very funny and come across as genuinely good eggs. Plus I admire how they are constantly striving to make a difference as well as show off their cookery skills and impressive shorts collection.
All of the individuals and projects above spread are pushing the LGBTQ+ movement forward in wonderful ways. The queer creators I have mentioned especially, are constantly making an effort to spread a message of acceptance and love in order to slowly make the world a more positive and rainbow-covered place. They have also all made me think about what more I could be doing. In life I am an open and proud gay guy but I have never really covered it in my writing or art. So going forward, I am going to make a conscious effort to proudly share both my own and other people’s queer stories through my work.