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Article by Emily Bourne.
In this article I’m going to be highlighting some queer icons that you’ve been sleeping on for way too long! All of these babes have inspired me and so many others to be themselves - let’s show them how much we appreciate them!
Hermione is a fashion LEGEND. Her style SLAPS.
Hermione is an artist and performer from London, and the reason she inspires me is because she is so unapologetically herself. This, as a queer person, is so so important - never hide who you are!
TALENTED, CREATIVE AND A STRONG FORCE OF NATURE.
Have you seen this beautiful soul? He is so talented (look at that dress he made!) and creative. He’s a strong force of nature, one who is kind but also strong.
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Cas is a queer and trans drag performer from the UK. I discovered him as he’s part of the LGBTQI+ activist group Voices 4 London - and since following him, I’ve loved seeing his content! He is such a hard-working, queer positive and kind human being.
I have the pleasure to call Amelia my friend. They are such a badass, and will literally fight any queerphobic piece of trash - trust me. They will THROWN DOWN if you hurt anyone in this community. As well as being such a strong and headstrong individual, they are also endlessly kind.
Amelia is so passionate about LGBTQI+ issues and is constantly raising awareness of issues in the community, like with her articles: If They Knew, No To Pink Capitalism and ‘Pop Psychology: Kids need a mother and a father’. Also her Instagram is Gay as Hell so peep that.
Arthur is a trans and queer sweetheart, full of creativity and love for the LGBTQ+ community!
He has a super sweet personality and creates the cutest art! I collabed on a piece with him that you can see here. Any artist who are thinking of working with him definitely should: he’s super lovely and up for making some masterpieces!
AN AMAZING MIND, AN ARTISTIC SOUL AND SO SO IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITY!
Tazia has to be the most influential person that I follow on Instagram - they are just so conscious of everything they do, and let their followers follow their thought process through captions, stories and videos. They also have their own shop of eco-friendly, political creations that I LOVE!
PROTESTS FOR QUEER RIGHTS, COOL AS HECK
View this post on Instagrammarching for those who cannot w/ @voices4_ @voices4london @lgsmigrants @lgbtiqoutside 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 Pride was a protest and we resist the pinkwashed and corporate version peddled to representation-starved queers. We support refugees and migrants and their rights to work and live without fear of deportation. We’re lucky to openly be able to be members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many of our siblings around the world are still persecuted for being who they are. For loving who they love. Trans rights are under attack. Fight back.
Prishita is an organiser for Voices 4 London and the founder of Coconut Magazine - which is an online platform for ‘diaspora expression and a sharing of experiences unique to desi women and non-binary people living abroad’. Amazing! Furthermore, she is a pioneer for LGBTQI+ rights. Love her!
SO CREATIVE, BEAUTIFUL VISIONARY AND THANK YOU FOR CAMPAIGNING FOR US.
Poppy is a photographer, nonbinar and queer creator, and encaptures Queer beauty in everything that she does. Through her photography, she takes us on a journey to see a closer glimpse of people in the LGBT+ community and what makes each of us so unique.
AMAZING VISUALS, GORGEOUS, WOW.
Rachelle’s photography always stuns me - the beauty of it, the saturation of colours and the way they show a deeper glimpse of the muse.
QUEEREST MODEL I'VE EVER SEEN AND I LOVE IT!
View this post on Instagram♥ It is normal to be distrustful of community. Community has historically failed me. Too gay for a hetoronormative society, too brown for the gay world, not brown enough for many POC, without the proper language for Indonesians, too Muslim for Australia, too feminine for Muslim groups, too male-appearing for feminism. . For community to thrive, there has always seemingly had to be the powerful and the not-so-much, an overbearing figurehead, a branded image, a set of clearly defined rules which must be followed to be included. . But I have seen a recent move towards the concept of “there no one way to be XYZ...” A queer ideology based on radical inclusion and self love, of anger directed at the hateful NOT an imagined other, prioritisation of the downtrodden NOT simply the beautiful. . I am reminded of the beauty of togetherness rarely but when it happens, I am imbued with the spirit of my ancestors: the souls who have come together to create my very being, the souls whose blood gave birth to the land I grew up on AND the souls who have fought for me to be free. The minangkabau people who lived and died to make the spired roofed houses of my village, the Indigenous Australians who OWN the soil that allowed me to thrive, and the black trans women who have fought and continue to fight for the right to live freely. . My vision is a creation of their love and my debt of gratitude to them. I don’t blame you for being distrustful of people, but leading with fear of the other equals the death of the queer. Being afraid of difference breeds hate, welcoming it breeds a strong community. Building walls is the way of the wicked past, opening our arms to each other is the only way forward. . Thank you for existing @hellomynameiswednesday, and for all the beautiful souls who continue to lead with fierce f*cking love. Check out the full video on @instagram’s IGTV and leave a nice comment to show how powerful we are X
Radam is a queer icon becuase they are so authentic to who they are. Their photos demonstrate queer excellence, and I love that!
Thank you for reading, and if you're part of that list - thank you for being amazing! ‘Amazing People’ will be a series that I will continue with different categories, like ‘Amazing People: MEN edition’ & ‘Amazing People: Chronically Ill Edition’ (which I am currently working on).
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