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June is LGBT Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and advocate for equal justice and opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. In June 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City organized an uprising to resist police harassment and persecution, a common experience for LGBT Americans at the time. This pivotal event ignited a movement aimed at eliminating discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ people. Today, Pride Month is marked by a variety of celebrations, including pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, attracting millions of participants globally. Memorials are also held to honor community members lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The month serves to recognize the significant impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history at local, national, and international levels.

Federal and local policies increasingly acknowledge and support LGBTQ youth, and many national advocacy organizations are focusing more on this demographic. Promoting greater acceptance and support for all youth, including those who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ, contributes to making communities, schools, and other environments safer and better for everyone.


Here are 5 LGBTQ+ Creatives Who Shaped The World of Art, Interiors & Design


The LGBTQ+ community boasts numerous creative pioneers, particularly in the realms of art, design, and interiors. These trailblazers not only introduce highly influential works to the world but also advocate for gay rights and highlight the community's contributions. In celebration of Pride Month, we’re spotlighting the work of various LGBTQ+ creatives – from the well-known and the lesser-known to the underrepresented contemporary artists and designers who continue to advance representation.


Keith Haring // ARTIST



As an artist in New York in the 1980s, Keith Haring first gained wider recognition through his chalk drawings on empty billboards in the subway. His career quickly took off, with his distinctive figural line drawings and paintings appearing in gallery shows, museums, and over 40 murals worldwide. Much of Haring's work directly addressed his sexuality and the AIDS crisis of the 80s, the disease that ultimately led to his untimely death at age 31. Today, his art continues to be internationally recognized, remaining as relevant and influential as ever, and is featured on a variety of products, from sweatpants to skateboards.



Andy Warhol // ARTIST

No conversation about influential LGBTQ+ artists would be complete without mentioning the iconic Andy Warhol. This trailblazing artist led the pop art movement that began in the 1960s, creating an extensive range of work from paintings and screenprints to sculptures, photography, and videos. In addition to referencing pop culture figures and iconography, Warhol's work also depicted drag queens and members of the transgender community, whom he embraced as part of his Factory, a creative gathering space. His vast body of work and pioneering subject matter continue to inspire and attract attention well beyond the art world today.


Gilbert Baker // DESIGNER


No other symbol encapsulates the LGBTQ+ movement quite like the rainbow flag. Created by designer and artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the original flag featured eight symbolic colors and was hand-dyed and stitched at a gay community center in San Francisco. It was later simplified to six colors and has since been featured on countless products and flown worldwide as a powerful symbol of support and pride.



Annie Leibowitz// PHOTOGRAPHER

Annie Leibovitz, an iconic out photographer, has captured countless impactful images, making it difficult to single out just a few. From the groundbreaking coming-out photo of Caitlyn Jenner to numerous covers of Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, her influence is evident in nearly all celebrity portraiture. Her series, Women, highlights her illustrious 50+ year career, showcasing both iconic and everyday female figures who have posed for her lens.


Silence = Death Project // DESIGNERS

In 1987, Avram Finkelstein, Brian Howard, Oliver Johnston, Charles Kreloff, Chris Lione, and Jorge Socarrás founded the SILENCE=DEATH Project to raise awareness about the AIDS crisis. Their iconic poster featured the pink triangle, a symbol of Nazi persecution of LGBTQ people, along with simple typography on a stark black background. This powerful design was adopted by ACT UP, an AIDS advocacy group, and became a seminal visual symbol demonstrating how design can effectively convey social and political messages.







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