#FollowFriday Aug. 10: You Should Be Following These 5 LGBTQ Photographers, Activists & Performers
From a sexy pair of identical twins to an archive of queer icons, this week your Instagram feed is going to get a healthy dose of inspiration, equality and fabulousness. From Chile to Singapore to London to Nigeria (via Sweden), we’ve got your #followfriday covered.
These identical twins, hailing from Iraq, are 200% gorgeous. They’re gay, Christian and Arab, with a pair of strong personalities that present a message of equality in a fun-loving and easily relatable way.
The Zakar twins’ Instagram feed is undeniably a thirst trap, but there’s a lot more to these twins than their dashing good looks.
They’ve recently written a book about their coming out experience called Pray the Gay Away. It’s got heaps of attitude, humor and personality, just like the boys themselves.
And there’s an app, too. “My Twin” is a resource for anyone who has questions about their sexuality and fears or worries about coming out. The boys say, “I had a twin when I was coming out, and now so do you.” Could they be any cuter?
Queer Nigerian-Swedish photographer Mikael Chukwuma’s Limit(less) project is one of the most important (and spellbindingly beautiful) works on LGBT Africans that we’ve come across.
The documentary photography project looks at the stories of dozens of LGBTQ African immigrants in North America and Europe, telling their stories with the goal of dispelling the myth that it’s “un-African” to be gay.
#LimitlessAfricans: Joëlle – Congolese Lesbian (Brussels, Belgium) • Joëlle’s full interview is now out! Check it out on the Limit(less) website along with dozens of other LGBTQ African immigrant narratives. www.LimitlessAfricans.com/stories . . . #pride? #pridemonth #blacklesbians #congolese #congolaise #congolais #gayafrica #gayafrican #bruxelles #belgique?? #blackqueer #qtpoc #queerart #queerartist #blackartist #africanstyle #africanfashion #diaspora #queerpride #lgbt? #blacklgbt #documentaryphoto
It’s such a delight to see LGBTQ Africans from all across the continent thriving, comfortable in their own skin. The accompanying interviews are raw, brave and inspiring.
We love the vivid colours in Chukwuma’s photos, and how the unique aspects of African queer style are brought to life.
Daniela Vega is South America’s most iconic trans actress, best-known for her breathtaking performance in the Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman.
This year she became the first trans person ever to present an award in the Academy’s history, and she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time.
She’s definitely someone you should be following, wherever you are on the LGBTQ spectrum. We love her glamorous looks, cute videos and down-to-earth attitude. Her confidence and drive are awe-inspiring, especially when you consider the fact that A Fantastic Woman was only her second film. Watch it, and watch Dani’s Instagram as her career goes up and up into (hopefully) superstar status.
Leslie Kee is a phenomenal photographer who is focusing his lens on the LGBTQ community in Southeast Asia. He shot the cover of last month’s Vogue Taiwan and has taken portraits of Lady GaGa, Beyoncé and Yoko Ono.
We’ve included him here because of the fabulous work he’s done in the shape of Out in Japan, a photography exhibition that aims to take 10,000 images of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans Japanese brothers and sisters by 2020.
Japan is way ahead of the West when it comes to tech, but socially the country is still pretty conservative, with many LGBTQ Japanese feeling invisible. Kee’s ambitious project has spawned a similar project in his native Singapore. We hope to see a lot more of these pop up across Asia over the next few years.
LONELY THING: ARCA Image by Wolfgang Tilmans Today on The Queer Bible: ‘What queerness is as a word, what it represents, is ideological. The word itself is trying to define something that is undefinable. The word queer has shifted meaning because it's allowed it; it's whatever doesn't fit in.” – Alejandro Ghersi Dan Guthrie on ARCA Illustration by Fernando Monroy #queerhistory #queerhistorymatters #queerbible #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqia #gayinstagram #gayinsta #lesbian #lesbianhistory #gay #gayworld #gaypride #gaylife #gaylove #gayrights #gaygram #queer #queerart #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtmemes #lgbtproud #queerhistory #queerhistorymatters #lgbtqhistory
If you’re hungry to read about even more queer characters from around the world who’ve influenced LGBTQ culture through art and activism and everything else, check out the ‘Queer Bible’ project, launched in 2017 by British presenter and model Jack Guinness.
We love the gorgeous illustrations and paintings of these fabulous souls, alongside surprising and inspiring quotes. There is ‘queer history gold’ with every post. Did you know that Madonna included an AIDS fact sheet with her Like a Prayer album?
EXPRESS YOURSELF: MADONNA Today on The Queer Bible: ‘In 1989, she laid on a high-profile AIDS benefit, a dance marathon, in New York City. The same year, she included an AIDS fact sheet with her Like a Prayer album, which went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide. "People with AIDS – regardless of their sexual orientation – deserve compassion and support, not violence and bigotry," the sheet stated.’ Nick Levine . Image by @stevenmeisel_ Link in bio. . #queerhistory #queerhistorymatters #queerbible #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqia #gayinstagram #gayinsta #lesbian #lesbianhistory #gay #gayworld #gaypride #gaylife #gaylove #gayrights #gaygram #queer #queerart #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtmemes #lgbtproud #queerhistory #queerhistorymatters #lgbtqhistory #madonna #sexbookamericanlife #likeavirgin #vogue
There’s so much to see here, you’ll be scrolling for hours.