It may seem as though there has been a recent increase in LGBTQIA+ people, but in reality there has just been an increase in queer individuals who are out and proud.Queerness has existed forever, but it has been stifled under the heteronormative perspective of mainstream society.
Everyone needs to see representation of who they are and what they can be. It is important for us all to recognize that queerness exists, it is valid, and it is beautiful. This is an editorial celebrating queer perspectives, creativity, and people. We interviewed and photographed four creatives whose gender identity and sexuality are integral parts of their lives. We learned about their struggles, strengths, and sources of joy as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Each person is unique with a style and experience all their own. We hope you find a story you can connect to, learn from, or look up to.