Join Us to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Creators and Pride Month
As everyone knows, the arts offer creators a voice to express their unique experiences through their works, while also enabling them to navigate the world in which they live. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, the arts have always played a particularly important role as they have enabled creators to express their gender and sexual identity—something that was tremendously important before social acceptance of the queer community became much more universal. Today, LGBTQ+ creators continue to use their works for personal expression, to explore and reflect on their life experiences, and to provide the world with an abundance of joy and inspiration.
Whether it is through songs, photographs, visual arts, acting, writing and so many other types of creative endeavors, the LGBTQ+ community’s immense contributions to the creative ecosystem are immeasurable. So, in celebration of Pride Month 2022—the theme of which is Politics and Art—we are excited to highlight its history and origin, dive into important celebrations (past and present), and highlight numerous LGBTQ+ creators who have—and who are currently—helping to shape the world we live in through their incredible creative contributions.
History of Pride Month
Pride Month is an annual celebration that’s typically held in the U.S. during the month of June in recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) identity. Gay Pride also commemorates the Stonewall riots, which were “a series of violent confrontations between police and Gay rights supporters during the early hours of June 28, 1969, after police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.” As uprisings between Gay rights supporters and police continued, they galvanized members of the Gay community and helped perpetuate the Gay Rights Movement. During 1970, on the first anniversary of the riots, hundreds of demonstrators marched through Greenwich Village in New York City, passing by the Stonewall Inn to protest the previous year’s happenings and to celebrate moving forward.
“The original Gay-Pride flag was hand-dyed by Gilbert Baker. It flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: hot pink: sexuality; red: life; orange: healing; yellow: sunlight green: nature; turquoise: magic/art; indigo/blue: serenity/harmony; violet: spirit.”
Today, Gay Pride celebrations include a variety of celebratory events and parades, which sometimes feature colorful costumes and floats. From concerts to workshops to exhibits and parades, and so much more, Pride enables members of the LGBTQ+ community, along with their allies and supporters, to celebrate while also advocating for further change. And speaking of change, today, a wealth of organizations—from GLAAD to the Human Rights Campaign to the Global Equality Fund–and many, many more, are dedicated to gaining equal rights, treatment, legislation, and broader acceptance for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Ways That the Creator Community Supports Pride Month
Countless organizations across the creator community, including numerous Copyright Alliance organization members, support Pride Month. Below are a few instances of how they show their support, both past and present.
MPA and The Credits: Get to Know GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. “When entertainment journalist and critic John Griffiths founded the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association in 2009, the group, now known as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, had 20 members. Today, it has a membership of nearly 200 writers, including myself, who cover film and television for print, online and broadcast outlets and honor the best in entertainment every year through the Dorian Awards.”
Thompson Reuters: 10 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month. “June is Pride month, the time of year when we celebrate the impact that lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. It’s a great time to recognize the contributions of your LGBT+ peers, learn a little bit more about LGBT+ history, celebrate diversity, and consider the ways that you can contribute to creating a more inclusive society.”
RIAA: A Pride Month Conversation – An inspiring conversation with Tom Clees of RIAA, Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS), and singer/actor Tituss Burgess, who speak about the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, breaking barriers, and much more.
Library of Congress: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month. “June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. The first Pride March in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.”
Ceros, Getty Images and GLAAD: Partnership Promotes LGBTQ+ Representation in Visual Content. “Together, the organizations created a unique interactive experience to promote increased diversity and representation of the LGBTQ+ community in Getty Images’ creative image and video offerings.”
Pride Month Blogs, Articles, Resources
We’ve compiled a wealth of blogs, articles, and other resources in celebration of Pride Month, its history, and the amazing LGBTQ+ creators whose works inspire us all year long.
- Seven LGBTQ+ Changemakers in Film and Television (Copyright Alliance)
- Nine Influential LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Know (Copyright Alliance)
- Pride in Literature: Inspiring Authors for Everyone (Library of Congress)
- Library to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Historian of LGBTQ+ Life George Chauncey (Library of Congress)
- Copyright in Pride (Library of Congress)
- 22 Creators Who Came Out as LGBTQ+ in 2022, So Far (Out)
- Why The Cruel King and the Great Hero is a Better Bedtime Story Than It Is a Satisfying JRPG (The Gay Gamer)
- Copyright and Drag (Library of Congress)
- A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 (The White House)
- Pride Month 2022 Stats and Figures – The LGBTQ+ Community in Context (Truly)
- 43 LGBTQ Influencers That Are Changing The Internet (Every Queer)
- The Best LGBTQ+ Musicians (Ranker Music)
- The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline (College of Coastal Georgia Library)
- GLAAD Media Reference Guide (GLAAD)
Celebrating LGBTQ Creators
It would not be possible to celebrate Pride Month without highlighting some of the many incredible and talented creators whose works provide enjoyment and inspiration to so many of us, every single day, including those listed below.
- Ben Platt (Singer)
- Leilah Babirye (Abstract Sculptor)
- Sara Ramirez (Actor)
- Cheyne Gallarde (Illustrator, photographer, actor)
- Lauren Jaurduleegui (Singer/Songwriter)
- Wentworth Miller (Actor and Screenwriter)
- Kehinde Wiley (Portrait Planner)
- Tan France (Fashion Designer)
- Matt Bomer (Actor)
- ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond (Singer/Songwriter)
- Jessica Phillips (Broadway Actor)
- Mondo Guerro (Fashion Designer)
- Sawyer Fredericks (Singer/Songwriter)
- Lex Barberio (Photographer)
- Emeli Sandé (Singer)
- George Takei (TV and Film Actor)