Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate and support LGBT+ families, friends, colleagues and communities but this support shouldn't just be for one month. LGBT+ folk face constant, and rising, intolerance and discrimination. Everyone in this world deserves equity and equality. Let's continue to support LGBT+ artists and creatives and positively work towards a better world.
Here's a couple of LGBT+ creatives to follow and support. Thanks to Seth Singleton for sharing the work of these amazing people.
Kayden Phoenix is the creator of A LA BRAVA comic universe - the first Latina superhero team in comic history. Find out more and listen to Seth's conversation with Kayden.
Kameron White is a trans artist who last year joined The Milestone Initiative which is a collaboration between DC Comics and Milestone Comics to train the next generation of diverse comics book writers and artists. Listen to Seth's conversation with Kameron.
And I (Ria!) would like to share some amazing LGBT+ children's books that we love in our house. Books that celebrate and normalise diversity are hugely important. Diverse books help make people more compassionate and are a powerful tool in making sure that everyone feels seen and understood and reflect the true society that we live in. Now, more than ever, it is important that children, young people AND adults can access positive representations of everyone within this big, wonderful world. So, here goes:
Grandad's Camper is a wonderful story about love, family and memories. Its sequel, Grandad's Pride, is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and its power and importance.
The Pirate Mums celebrates families who are a little bit different (because they are pirates!) and always has us laughing. Watch Sue Perkins read The Pirate Mums for Cbeebies bedtime stories.
We are a little bit late for MerMay but there are two wonderful children's books that celebrate LGBT+ folk and our awesome ancestors from under the sea. Julian is a Mermaid is a joyful book about Julian and his Abuela and being seen and loved for who we truly are. Nen and the Lonely Fisherman is a modern retelling of the little mermaid and is all about hope and love.