Two years ago President Obama declared June to be LGBT Pride Month here in the United States. As a gay man, I have some mixed feelings about the idea of “Pride” and what exactly that should entail. I doubt that few schools are teaching kids about notable LGBT people in history, or reading books specifically because they’re written by an LGBT author. At the same time, there are Pride parades happening all across the U.S. and the world, which are less about Pride and more about a bacchanalian style event filled with go go boys, glitter and drag queens. If that’s how you choose to show your pride, good for you, but that doesn’t work for me.
So what I thought I’d do is profile some LGBT people who also happen to be fantastic artists/illustrators/designers and so on. Some of the people have been featured on the site before, and maybe you didn’t even know they weren’t straight. As a gay man, I feel that this is the least I can do to support my community and do it in a way that makes sense.
I’d also like to point out that I made the little logo above a few years back during the whole Prop 8 debacle. I felt like the LGBT community could use a new symbol to stand by, something that actually looked kind of cool. It’s three triangles, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, laid over one another to make three more triangles. To me it symbolized not only the rainbow flag, but also references the pink triangle as well as the idea of coming together to create something more whole.
I’ll be posting the first interview later today, so stay tuned.