As queer people of colour, embracing our identities can be complicated.
"I suddenly feel strangely exposed to the judgments of the straights."
"Attempts to prevent trans young people from being their authentic selves will fail," Tammy Hymas writes.
More nuanced stories about our leaders can release the shame around queerness and gender fluidity.
Paula Akpan, founder of Black Queer Travel Guide, on travelling the globe as a Black and queer person.
With more than 70 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal, facing discrimination could be likely when travelling or globetrotting. After an experience with her girlfriend, journalist and historian Paula Akpan, decided to create an app to safely guide others like her when planning trips.
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 star, Nina West, talks about her new Christmas album and how the music video for single ‘Cha Cha Heels’ was inspired by queer director John Waters. And the launch of a new single ‘Santa Will Be Gone’ featuring The Vox Ensemble of Columbus Gay Men's Chorus. West, who is played by Andrew Levitt, also talks about finding a chosen family as a queer person if you have issues gaining acceptance in your family - something Levitt has experienced.
On National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ people took to Twitter to share their experiences. Here are eight pieces of advice that stood out.
At 16, Faz and his brothers became housing insecure when their mother died. For Faz though things became even tougher when their identity presented issues and they struggled to find alternate living arrangements. After the local authority failed them Faz was essentially homeless until finding emergency shelter at the AKT emergency ‘Purple Door’ accommodation for LGBTQ+.
Host, DJ and presenter Miss Jason raised over £16,000 for the Queer, Trans, Intersex, Black, Indigenous And People Of Colour UK Hardship Fund. By enlisting the help of celebrities including Lily Allen, FKA Twigs and Mabel as well as a host of designers, Miss Jason garnered over 600 donated items for sale.