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8 LGBTQ+ Creatives You Should Know

For Pride Month, we’re highlighting 8 innovative creators who are also members of the LGBTQ+ community that are using their platform to uplift, inspire and educate others during this time.

  • Dua Saleh: While somewhat new to the music scene, they have already gained critical acclaim and a following for their EP Nūr. They use their platform to bring LGBTQ+ issues and content to the forefront, especially for the many who are still closeted in their home country, Sudan.
  • Boman Martinez-Reid: This Gen-Z TikTok star captures millions with his comedic and relatable content about life during the pandemic. He turns the seemingly mundane moments of our everyday life into short reality TV segments.
  • Angry Arrows: With over 259K subscribers to their YouTube channel, this content creator uses their platform to explore personal topics like love, gender and identity, ensuring followers feel represented and a part of the discussion.
  • Hayley Kiyoko: The actor and singer proudly sings about her feelings for girls, and is a champion for young queer girls through her thoughtful, honest and energizing music.
  • Phillip Picardi: Former EIC of Out Magazine and founder of digital editorial platform Them, Phillip has always been a leader in his community throughout his editorial career and continues to bring awareness to issues surrounding discrimination, intersectionality and more.
  • Tanya Compas: an award-winning youth worker and activist in London who makes spaces for Black LGBTQ+ through events like #QueerBlackChristmas.
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I’ve woken up to the Exist Loudly Fund on £3583 and I am overwhelmed. If you can donate, please think about donating to a fund to support queer Black young people here in the UK (LINK IN BIO). This was me yesterday In the park re-Reading ‘Emergent Strategy’ by Adrienne Maree Brown, it was one of the first books on community building I read a few years ago and has heavily inspired my work today. I re-read this quote by Brenda Salgado “I think when others see us, it can inspire them to open up and blossom too and we can be a field ablaze with dignity and beauty together.” and it reminded me this is what I want to be doing, I want to set a field ablaze with empowered, confident and joyful queer Black young people. I want to do so by holding space for both individual and collective healing through joy informed practices, through introducing the young people to incredible queer black people from our community, so they can hear, see and envision their story, to empower them to find the language to narrate their own story. Anger, frustration and fuckries included. This is why I need the Exist Loudly fund, to be able to create and hold these spaces without waiting for the permission of governmental bodies or Funders to recognise Queer Black young people need support. Please donate whatever you can to the fund, you can find the link in my bio!

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  • Menelik Puryear: A highly accomplished photographer from Brooklyn, NY, Menelik regularly collaborates with top outlets like Out Magazine and Esquire.
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That’s all folks!

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  • Christopher Rashad: Music curator, choreographer, and world traveler who shares his passion across varying environments, always living by his mantra “music is the answer.”