by Judy Bokao

When I was young, I loved superheroes. They seemed to always show up at the right time and help people out of dire situations. As I grew up and understood my sexuality better, I wanted a hero I could also relate to. Watching these LGBTQ+ characters changed my views on what it meant to be a proud LGBTQ+ individual, ready to live life for the good of others and be the hero of my own story.


By Christine Siamanta Kinori

Last night at the iconic MTV Video Music Awards, no one owned the spotlight like Lil Nas X. The 22 year-old rapper showed up in a custom lilac, gem-encrusted Atelier Versace suit with a sweeping train and took home three awards. His jaw-dropping performance of his two hit songs ‘Montero’ and ‘Industry Baby’ left us in awe. He also began his speech with an epic “thank you to the gay agenda.”

Anyone who has been following his career know that Lil Nas X has not had an easy time after publicly coming out as gay…


By Christine Siamanta Kinori

In 2021 alone, more than 250 potentially harmful LGBTQ-related bills were introduced or moved through the legislative process at the local, state, and federal level. Matthew Shepard’s President and co-founder, Judy Shepard, has been working tirelessly to combat these legislative attacks while also campaigning for pro-equality bills that ensure the right to safety and equality for every LGBTQ+ individual. Find out what bills she is focusing on in 2021 and why.

➤ LGBTQ+ PANIC DEFENSE BAN IN VIRGINIA

In late January, Judy gave her testimony in support of House Bill 2132 to ban the indefensible LGBTQ+…


by Judy Bokao

In a world filled with so much hostility towards the LGBTQ+ community, it’s important to remember that there are cities where you can live loud and proud. Here are the 5 LGBTQ-friendly cities people are flocking to.

►SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

It is not surprising that San francisco has one of the biggest LGBTQ+ community in America. It is one of the most progressive and accepting cities in the U.S. and is considered the “gay mecca.” It has a rich LGBTQ+ history dating as far back as 1900. It also has an iconic history when it comes to…


By Christine Siamanta Kinori

2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent history. This year, 17 anti-LGBTQ bills have been signed into law and more anti-LGBTQ bills are on Governor’s desks awaiting signature or veto while even more are moving through state legislatures across the country.

Here are five LGBTQIA bills we can’t let pass.

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

In just the past few months, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia Republican Governors have signed legislation banning transgender youth from competing in high school and women and girls collegiate sports…


By Christine Siamanta Kinori

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, there are over 170 LGBTQ+ athletes competing in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, leading many to refer to the Tokyo Olympics as the Rainbow Olympics. With the world watching, many athletes have chosen to use the opportunity to advocate for equality. Others hope that the increase in the number of LGBTQ+ athletes is a reflection of the growing acceptance not only in sports, but the society at large. Here are 10 of the amazingly talented LGBTQ+ athletes who are making history in the Tokyo Olympics.

➤ LAUREL…


By Judy Bokao

Disabled individuals are in most cases desexualized. However, they are like every other person and have sexuality. It is incorrect to assume they are heteronormative. It is not easy living with a disability but it is even harder when one’s sexuality is also factored in. Today, we celebrate disabled LGBTQIA+ activists who have inspired us throughout the years.

CHELLA MAN

He is a deaf, transgender, genderqueer YouTuber who has been very open about his experiences. His rising popularity on YouTube opened doors for him. He was casted as a mute superhero in the second series of the…


by Judy Bokao

In June 1969, an uprising was launched and it paved the way for a new era of revolution and LGBTQIA+ activism. The Stonewall riots were a significant moment in the LGBTQIA+ community. It inspired the formation of numerous gay rights organizations including the Human Rights Campaign and OutRage. Thanks to those brave individuals, LGBTQIA+ people now have more freedoms and have recognized rights. The riots inspired people to stand up as one and join the fight and resist harassment for decades.

It has been a long journey, but the legacy still lives on and we celebrate it…


By Christine Siamanta Kinori

Music is a large part of any culture and one of the things we universally draw strength from. The LGBTQ+ community, too, use and celebrate music: it’s a universal language and can play a part in starting conversations about sexuality.

A few decades back, it was unusual to hear LGBTQ+ music being played on the radio. Coming out was considered a career death move, and many LGBTQ+ artists didn’t have alternative platforms to get their music to the masses. It is now 2021 and we can hear musicians from all genres openly bring representation and breaking…


by Judy Bokao

Drawing of upraised fist with trans flag colors

Africa is one of the most difficult places to live when you are queer. Most African countries consider being LGBTQ+ a crime and have harsh legal punishments in place. It is therefore extremely hard to operate NGOs that support LGBTQ+ rights in Africa. There have been numerous cases of LGBTQ+ activists in Africa being killed and some have had to flee their home countries because of violent homophobic threats. Luckily, transgender people in the East African community have found an ally in East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network (EATHAN), an NGO formed to organize and advocate…

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