Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez Has His Hands Full
Meet Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old queer artist and advocate for the Deaf and hard of hearing who, like his sister AOC, believes housing is a human right.
The 15 Most Groundbreaking LGBTQ+ Moments in Kids' TV and Movies
The fact that the last decade — namely, the last five years — has moved the needle on children's programming with such magnitude is a clear sign of a culture shift not necessarily in film studios, but in the homes of families who demand inclusion. Families want to see themselves on screen. This growing list of queer characters now serves as a subtle yet strong reminder that inclusion matters — perhaps more for our youngest viewers than any other out there.
Coming Out as Bisexual to My Catholic Latinx Family Means Redefining Belonging
Studies show that religious norms and values continue to create extra stress factors in the coming out process, particularly for Latinx folks and those from Black and Brown immigrant backgrounds. In my family, it was no different. To fully come out, I had to emotionally emancipate myself from certain people, like family members I knew wouldn't understand or accept me and friends who were unnecessarily critical.
Pose Set the Gold Standard For Trans and Queer Representation on Television
Pose served as a catalyst for many careers and showed viewers and decision-makers alike what could be done in Hollywood. It allowed those who needed to feel represented to see themselves on TV and educated the masses on the ups and downs the trans and queer communities continue to face on a daily basis. Now, as fans anxiously await what's to come, Hollywood executives must remain open to telling these stories in a dynamic way — and allowing the creatives and cast who are best able to do so to take the lead.
Dominican Filmmaker Elyssa Aquino's Debut Short, Secadora, Puts Afro-Latina Lesbians in Lead Roles
While we have seen more representation of people of color in the entertainment industry in recent years, the progress has been slow, especially when it comes to diverse Latinx representation in film, TV, and media. After being disappointed by the lack of Afro-Dominican representation in the film, Dominican-American filmmaker and Bronx native Elyssa Aquino was ready to make the changes she's been wanting to see.
Decades of Activism Allowed Young HIV+ Queer People to Thrive, Not Just Survive
Amid the resiliency both past and present activists have shown, HIV/AIDS is far from over. In 2020, about 680,000 people died globally from AIDS-related illness, while approximately 1.5 million people were newly diagnosed, according to The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. George M. Johnson, bestselling author of All Boys Aren't Blue, discusses what inspired them to share their experience with HIV/AIDS and their appreciation for the shows of strength that have resulted in access to medications, visibility, and protection.
Halloween Is The Gayest Holiday — and Everyone Is Finally Catching Up
Halloween can be a time for tricks and treats, but for the LGBTQ+ community, it's one of the best times to lean into that transformative energy. When this holiday comes around, "the most wonderful time of year" takes on a whole new meaning for the gays.
Activist, Storyteller, Creative: This Queer Arab-Latina Is Uplifting Marginalized Voices Around HerPaid For by State Farm®
Imxn Abdul has always felt called to help others. She first realized she wanted to be an activist at age 8 — now 23, the queer Puerto Rican and Lebanese activist and creative continues to fight for what is right, including greater representation for Brown and Black students in the education system, the decolonization of Puerto Rico, and queer-Muslim visibility.
Inside the World of This Trans Femme Latina's Multifaceted IdentityPaid For by State Farm®
Makeup artist, fashion product development manager, and influencer Paúlina Ramos is out to change the world. Born to a Mexican immigrant father and a first-generation Mexican American mother, this multitalented creative lives for her cultura, glam makeup looks, and her dedication to the LGBTQ+ community.