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#FollowFriday, June 15: You Should Be Following These 5 Visual Artists, Performers and Bloggers

Once again our #FollowFriday weekly feature brings you a handful of must-follow LGBTQ Instagram accounts. These rising stars of social media are sure to bring you sparkle and inspiration well into the weekend and beyond. This week we bring you five visual artists, performers and bloggers, from every corner of the globe.

1. @mybelonging

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Tommy Lei is a queer Chinese-American, the ‘styleteller’ behind MYBELONGING, a high-fashion menswear and personal lifestyle site with an emphasis on intimate dining experiences and travel. He’s a photographer, content consultant and digital personality.

Lei says, “I tend to think the clothing, shoes, décor and knick-knacks we gravitate towards really paint a picture of who we are, not only on the surface but subconsciously as well.

“Instagram is an important medium for me to curate and cultivate an audience who enjoys seeing the beautiful, sometimes mundane, but always visually-provocative moments of my life,” he says. “I want to ignite a discussion through my images, whether it be a mood, an outfit or an exhibit I am entirely enthralled by.”

“There’s often a preconceived notion that the best feeds are edited to perfection; I think the best feeds are the ones that have a distinct voice and tone. So my advice is to approach any social media platform with a strong sense of ownership and authenticity. You can’t fool anyone when you are lying to yourself,” he says.

2. @jongomezdelap

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Jon Gómez de la Peña is an audiovisual creator living in Barcelona, Spain. His diverse work as a videographer and photographer is presented on his gorgeous Instagram account of artsy, inspiring and sexy shots. He’s passionate about visual identity and communication in all forms.

He says, “My Instagram is the place where I explore my own identity, the many layers of what I am and represent. It’s like a mood board of all the visual elements I’m interested in poured into my own ego. Creating this gallery is an exercise that helps me realize what’s inside me that I can offer as a creator.”

Conjoined twins ? @anailogico

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“My video art project discusses our different levels of awareness of our own values, passions and motivations, and questions whether we are really living or submerged in limbo states,” says Jon Gómez de la Peña.

3. @_humzer

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Humza A. Mian, also known as Manghoe Lassi, is a queer Canadian-Pakistani living in Toronto.

He’s a Registered Veterinary Technician who works in Downtown Toronto, and a drag queen who has made a big splash on social media over the last year. We love his vibrant, sparkling looks.

He says of his drag, “The focus is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi* folk, to break the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desis back from expressing themselves. My most current drag looks are heavily influenced by my cultural background.” (*Desi is a term for the people, cultures and products of the Indian subcontinent, or South Asia and its diaspora.)

With the help of brands run primarily by people of color, Humza has branched into the world of commercial makeup artistry and is currently focusing on representing brands that encourage diversity and inclusion.

4. @badddboyhussy

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Hussein “Huss” Hawli uses his Instagram to remind other LGBTQ Arabs and Muslims around the world that they are not alone and that they belong, regardless of their sexuality. His feed is full of travel, fitness, family and fun. This well-rounded guy is a real catch!

He says, “I’m so grateful to be gay, Lebanese and Muslim. I don’t think I’d be this loud and proud of my unique identity if I wasn’t born and raised (and living) in Australia. I went through a lot when I came out, but I’ve overcome my struggles, and I’m grateful for that.”

“I know of so many people living in Arab countries who are ‘doing it tough,’ and my heart breaks for them,” Hussein says. “I’ll continue to use my voice to help make it better for all LGBTQI+ Arabs (and Muslims) around the world.”

5. @raven_mandella

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Raven Mandella is one of our favorite London drag queens, working at some of the best parties in the city, from Sink the Pink and Heaven to Savage.

We love the mixture of ‘real life’ shots with performance and behind-the-scenes glamour.

Raven says, “I’m currently living in Ibiza for the season, as I’ve just been made Brand Ambassador for the international clubbing brand Glitterbox. So I’m enjoying the sun and fun times. I use my Instagram only when special moments arise. I’ve had it for a few years now and not posted millions of images. It’s usually those moments that I want to be remembered!”

Happy #FollowFriday! And follow Hornet on Instagram, too!