Many LGBTQ seniors are estranged from their origin families and do not have children to look after them especially those who are HIV+ due to stigma.
So, to help raise awareness, Adam & Rooney spent some time in Philadelphia at the John C. Anderson Apartments, a housing facility for queer seniors, to better understand the hurdles faced by those queer and aging with HIV.
Also, if you’d like to give back, then you’re in luck! Volunteering with LGBTQ senior’s is simple, fulfilling and important. Click the links below to find a volunteer opportunity near you!
Volunteer Nationally: https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/area.cfm
Volunteer in Phildephia: http://www.lgbtelderinitiative.org/volunteer-for-the-ei/
Volunteer in New Orleans: http://www.noagenola.org/volunteer
Volunteer in London: http://openingdoorslondon.org.uk/get-involved/
From “masc for masc” to “musc for musc,” prejudice masquerading as preference has become all too common on gay dating apps. Episode One of Grindr’s first web series What the Flip explored the racism that rears its ugly head in digital spaces, and this week’s episode takes on another big issue: body shaming.
According to a study out of Yale, weightism exceeds racism as the country’s most widespread -ism, in large part due to the social acceptability of weight bias and lack of any legal protections against weight-based discrimination. To see how body shaming plays out in-app, we had two guys switch Grindr profiles for a day to experience things on the flipside.
As usual, fabulous host Billy Francesca was on hand to solicit additional “data” on the topic from the always-insightful bar patrons of West Hollywood. Watch now and check your -isms at the door.
“What the Flip?” is a five part series, with new episodes dropping on INTO every other Thursday.
“I didn’t see greeting cards for people of color, especially African American people in the LGBT community.”
Chicago-based artist Otis Richardson saw a lack of inclusivity and representation in the greeting card market. In response, he created LavenderPop in 2004 to cater to a broad range of affectionsand he’s been celebrating diversity in the LGBTQ community ever since.
Richardson’s playful designs feature everything from gaydar and drag divas to bi pride and HIV prevention, and we can’t get enough of them. Check out the video for more, and collect them all at lavenderpop.com.
“We’re more than bathroom bills. We’re more than our family who doesn’t want to talk to us. We’re more than what we see in movies.”
Writer and activist Basil Soper wants to shift the trans narrative. Dissatisfied with the typical media representation of trans people as existing only in traumatizing spaces, Soper created Transilient, a traveling photo and interview project that aims to tackle transphobia by portraying trans experiences in a positive light.
Since 2016 the Transilient team has driven more than 10,000 miles, conducting interviews with trans and gender nonconforming people across the country about their day-to-day lives. The resulting portraits reveal a complex reality that transcends the familiar narratives of oppression and physical experience that typically define trans representation.
Check out our interview for more on Soper’s stories from the road and plans for Transilient in a post-Trump America.
Love yourself some tit play? There’s a bowtie for that.
Chicago-based apparel company Dapper and Urban has created a gender-inclusive line of bowties specifically designed to fit, well, everyone. The assortment of playful styles even includes a Hanky Code series that incorporates the various color-coded desires of ‘70s queer subculturefetish fashion with a twist, literally.
Creative director Joel Palmer and director/editor Kassandra Powell have teamed up for a fashion-heavy new film that expresses the power of the LGBTQ movement.
The clip focuses on six warriors who descend on London for a dance battle that draws on ballroom, voguing, contortion and contemporary dance. The result? Fatality.
In order of appearance:
Road Ninja – Kaner Flex, Dancer and Model
The Torturer – Sam Costello, Contemporary Dancer and Artist
Veiled Mystics – Joshua Hubbard Aston david Joshua AKA Astinna Mandella From
the house of decay.
Instagram: @thehouseofdecay @jjoshuahubbardd @astondavidjoshua
Geisha – Tayce, Drag performance artist
Siren – Dianna Donna
Creative director – Joel Palmer @joeljayp
Director and editor – Kassandra Powell @thekassandrapowell
Director of Photography: Sebastian Hinds @Chasing.frisson
Coloring: Sebastian Hinds
1rst Assistant Director: Juliette LaGuardia
2 nd Assistant Director: Tobias Burraway
1rst Assistant of Cinematography: Robin Gething
Drone Operators: Sununu Hernandez and Ben Huss
Head Makeup: Gregory Kara @thegregorykara
Make up: Luke Harris @lukeylah
Styling: Shara Hayz @sharahayz
Assistant Stylist: Jenn Ross @Jennrossstyling
2nd assistant – Michael Mastomic
HOUSE OF HARLOT
Justin Tranter runs pop music.
The queer singer-songwriter originally came to fame as the frontman of the glam-rock group Semi Precious Weapons, but has since risen to an even higher power within the music landscape viahis pen.
In the past few years, he’s written the pop anthems that have burned up thecharts, including Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’, while also helping launch the career of Julia Michaels as a pop princesswho has beenhis writing partner for years.
And he’s just getting started.
In this month’s prolific,INTOsits down with the artist to talk about how his queerness has impacted his life, his music and now his future.
Prolific is an exclusive video series spotlighting unique queers around the world who are pioneers in what they do. These game changers are prolific, and these are their stories.