This Pride month, we’re honoring those who have contributed to the foundation of today’s culture, by celebrating local and diverse queer businesses in both New York and LA. Our bicoastal D1A team has put together a list of the best LGBTQ creators, culture hackers and small business owners that have helped drive inclusivity through their work on our two coasts.
Sexuality, gender identity and overall queer culture is an ever-evolving education. As I began to think about what the LGBTQ+ community means to me, and how it’s shaped the person I am today, I found myself in an interesting conversation with my dad about another important queer person in our lives.
“Some people are non-binary, meaning they don’t identify with masculine or feminine gender norms,” I educated my dad during yet another COVID-19 late night conversation. In that moment, I understood the privilege I have and how lucky I am to be able to have an open and honest dialogue with my parents, continuously enlightening, not only myself, but the people closest to me.
This openness is something I always strive to bring into my work each and every day, educating clients on diversity and inclusion, and thinking through campaigns with a unique lens, especially during today’s climate. American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen, Marsha P. Johnson said it best, “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
Whether you’re coming out to your family for the first time, transitioning into your true identity, or even trying to be an ally to the community, it’s important to immerse yourself in its rich culture and always let your mind be open and willing to learn both personally and professionally. So, even if you can’t stop in for a visit now, make sure to check out these innovators and help in their fight for equality and inclusion for all.