#FollowFriday, June 1: You Should Be Following These 5 Artists, Activists and Bloggers
Our #FollowFriday weekly feature highlights five Instagram accounts from across the LGBTQ spectrum. This week we bring you inspiring people from every continent (almost), each of which will give your feed a real ‘zing’ as we head into summer.
Bandy Kiki is a Cameroonian LGBTQ rights activist and founder of the Kinnaka Business Group, a marketing and branding conglomerate. She’s based in Manchester in the UK, and has a huge online following while using her platforms to shine light on anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination across Africa.
“Most Africans think it’s acceptable to be violent to LGBTQ people. This behavior is encouraged by religious bigotry, anti-LGBTQ laws and cultural beliefs,” she tells Hornet. “The violence and abuse has led to lower self-esteem and psychological distress within the LGBT community, something that we must try to help stop as an community.”
Bandy Kiki is currently working on an exciting project she hopes to unveil in a few months, so keep your eyes on her Instagram to stay in the know!
“Cute Brute” is a Brooklyn-based illustrator whose work is a colorful blend of cute critters, offbeat humor and gay iconography. The aesthetic is largely inspired by a retro palette and toyetic design from the ’70s and ’80s. It’ll really stand out in your Instagram feed. We love it!
Cute Brute says, “I try to achieve the right juxtaposition of cute with brute. I like to take something that’s classically macho or sexy and make it fluffy and light or ridiculous. I created the rainbow sunglasses sticker for Instagram, and it still makes me so proud to see it used in so many gay stories.”
We love how such a variety of queer culture gets represented in The Cute Brute’s work. We’re tempted to get one of his pieces as a tattoo! You’ll have to guess which one…
Richard Nedjat is a young academic working on making Middle Eastern socio-cultural issues part of the mainstream. Through his travel photos he hopes to bring attention to his blog, which focuses on cultural topics including Arabic music and identity, travel, language and sociology-linguistics, memory in the diaspora and Mizrahi (Oriental Jewish) features.
He hopes to bring more understanding of the true nature of the Middle East through art, music, culture and travel. He’s also a professional belly dancing choreographer!
Episodes include “Social Studies,” which takes a look at stories that impact minority communities slammed by President Trump’s latest tweets, and “Sexual Health,” which explore current trends and disbands common myths. You’re gonna be hooked, because these guys are fabulous.
Barry is a Chinese Canadian born and raised in Toronto, currently living in New York City. This gorgeous guy is an ambassador of all things fun and travel related! Travel is his passion, so he’s always on the road or up in the air.
We’ve really enjoyed reading his blog, which covers his travels, great food and some really exciting destinations that we’re super jealous of.
“I love to explore new destinations and meet new friends from all around the world,” he says. “If I’m not traveling, I’m most likely already planning my next trip!”