It’s Pride month, and as many of us remain separated from our loved ones, gatherings, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, this month looks a lot different than it usually does.
Historically, pride has emerged as a commemoration of the Stonewall uprising in 1969, a remembrance of lives lost to HIV/AIDS, and an ongoing revolution towards new forms of LGBTQIA+ liberation. In light of the ongoing demonstrations organized to fight to protect Black queer and trans lives, this year's pride parades are being rightfully transformed by long-overdue public actions towards solidarity and abolitionist practices. In the process, these rampant demonstrations are also reconfiguring community expectations around resistance, art, and healing.
This year, the queer community is finding new ways to celebrate, resist, and imagine other vehicles for expression and affirmation. Queer art has long offered an opportunity to reimagine creativity as a tool for evolution—and that remains especially true today. Thanks to digital platforms and no shortage of queer creativity, art continues to serve as both a remedy and celebration during this historic time. As social life reroutes to virtual spheres, so too has the search for inspiration and new modes of artistic engagement that speak to the various social and political challenges of the moment.
Artists have the capacity to transform social consciousness, and we’ve rounded up 15 queer, trans, and gender non-conforming artists of color on Instagram who are doing just that. It’s pride month, but LGBTQIA+ artists deserve to be celebrated year-round. Read on to learn more about each of these creators seek to honor and exalt queer experiences through their art practice.
Clifford Prince King
Clifford Prince King, @cliffordprinceking, is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. After gaining a following in Arizona then Portland, King has built a practice of photographing queer Black men, capturing affection and realness through immediate portraiture.