Hello Everyone, we have talked before about the very iconic Rainbow FLAG. Now once again we will talk about the FLAG and how it has changed to be more inclusive
Who designed it?
Daniel Quasar, a designer based in Portland, he felt that LGBT flag should be visually separated from the newer stripes, as well as to “shift focus and emphasis to what is important in our current community climate.”
“When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black and brown stripes as well as the trans stripes included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,” Quasar explained
Last year there was a new design, this was to include black people and brown. However, it was necessary to include the trans who are also a ministry within the community
“When the Pride flag was recreated in the last year to include both black and brown stripes, as well as the trans stripes, included this year, I wanted to see if there could be more emphasis in the design of the flag to give it more meaning,” Quasar explained
What do you think about the flag?
The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot has a whole new cast and location and the second season just dropped (can we say “dropped” for TV shows??) on Netflix. The new Fab 5 are a diverse, fun team, and while the stories of their nominees vary from episode to episode, exploring friendships, cuisine, family, skincare, loss, hair, race, fashion, and more, the theme that weaves the show together is number one the Gay Agenda: Love.
The original Queer Eye was set in New York – a city known worldwide for its diversity. The world has changed since the original show began in 2003. The LGBTQ+ community has seen more acceptance, but also new setbacks, and the new series is relevant and fresh. The reboot is set in the southern US, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. It takes us to small town USA, a very different experience.
Season 2 Episode 1: God Bless Gay
In the first episode of season 2, the fab five takes over the small town of Gay, Georgia to help a woman named Tammye complete a community center and welcome her gay son, Myles, back to church. While Tammye has come around to accepting her son, he is still paralyzed by fear of judgement from the rest of the church members.
Tammye emanates love to all those around her, yet we can see Myles still struggles to live. His room is a mess, a visual reflection of his feelings. With the support of five other queers, however, he is able to clean himself and his room up and bravely attend an event at the church by the end of the episode. They make the point that when you are struggling to find your own place, you must seek it out, because those communities won’t magically find you. As an example they bring him to sing with the Atlanta LGBTQ+ choir, giving him the gift of spiritual music, which he had lost when he left the church after coming out.
This episode resonated with me for many reasons. Watching Myles’s transformation touched me because most of us know how impossible it is to take care of yourself when you feel unwelcome by your community. Bobby (the designer of the show) refuses to go into the church at the beginning of the episode because he has been so hurt by church in the past. Growing up in a small religious town myself, I was bullied by Christian kids at my school and that experience turned me away from any kind of church for years. But watching this episode, hearing the gorgeous gospel music, and listening to Tammye’s speech about acceptance at the end of the episode reminded me that we can all work to break down these constructed barriers and find beauty in each other’s passions. Just as a small-town religious woman can learn to appreciate gay love, so can the fab five learn to appreciate the power and love in her church community.
Moving along into the season, episode 2 follows the love story of the cutest straight couple. Episode three gives a shy Mexican dad the makeover he needs to feel confident enough to play with the other dads from his kids’ school. Every episode so far has give me a big AWWWW and I recommend this show for some light during dark times.
I am touched by the show’s representation of our community and its constant reminders that no matter who we are we should be caring, beautiful, and lovely for ourselves as well as to each other. I am grateful for the increasing amount of queer and POC content appearing, and this show inspires me to create more! If you want to contribute by writing a blog to share with us, contact us – we are always supportive of new voices!
Hello, my Lalas and Followers. I have first to apologize because I am late on this review but you should know I was absolutely present during the Family Day last Sunday, giving all the support to these growing events in China.
Let´s start with our review!
Bar: Bionic Brewery, Address: 深圳市南山区白石洲沙河街商业步行街 Shangyebuxingjie, Baishizhou, Nanshan.
I personally like this place as you can get good craft beer, good pizza, and the staff is absolutely friendly. However, I think we could have a bit more “kids” friendly place, I am sure for future events this can be considered but we appreciate the effort for this event! I personally loved the PRIDE Craft Beer, I had two and I don´t drink that much! The price was super good and the weather was the best especially after few days of strong rain.
The event was for all kinds of people, which is the point of PRIDE to be inclusive, you were able to see not just LGBT+ people but also straight families and I personally bought a friend´s dog (don´t listen to anyone that says I stole the dog!). My favorite part was that we were able to see photos of the same event in other cities of China, I am sure this is the landmark for what would be a new tradition! I also really liked the magic show we got not just for the kids but for someone like me that really enjoys this kind of shows
This was a great start for a new tradition, it takes a small step to start a great adventure! I am sure the organizers will improve and improve to make this an even better event! Thanks to Alex for the invite!
Some photos of the events
What is next?
This is the official schedule:
DAY ONE – June 16 – 7pm till late
Cocktail party @Poolside with swimwear fashion show
Beach After Party @Secret Spot – all night long
DAY TWO – June 17 – 2pm till late
“Wet” Pool Party – wear a swimsuit – let’s get WET!
“Wild” Jungle Disco – dress code: jungle!
第一天 – 6/16 19:00至凌晨
鸡尾酒趴@泳池边 – 男士泳衣时装秀
深夜沙滩趴@秘点沙滩酒吧 – 玩到天亮
第二天 – 6/17 14:00至凌晨
【湿】泳池趴 – 穿泳衣 – 一起湿身吧
【狂】森林主题大趴 – 疯狂森林主题着装
Want to buy tickets? Click here
This event is one you don´t want to miss, especially if you are a newbie gay boy!
For the location:
深圳西涌沙滩 Xichong Beach, Shenzhen
For more information, you can visit their official website
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Hello everyone! It is June and you all know what that means, it is PRIDE month!. I know I am a bit late with this post but I was busy this last few days, Sorry! However, here I am and we will talk all about PRIDE and the basic information we all should know.
The 50s and 60s was a period of extreme repression in the USA, it was in this homophobic context when two organizations in particular carried out pickets called “Annual Reminders” to inform and remind that LGBT people did not receive basic civil rights protection, the annual reminders began in 1965 and it took place the 4th of July in Philadephia. “Gay is Good” phrase came saw the light in 1968 by Frank Kameny a gay civil right pioneer and participant of this annuals reminders. it was in the early morning of the 28th of June of 1968 were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against police raid took place in New York City, this event has been considered the ground base leading the gay liberation movement in our modern society and it is because of these that the month of June was chosen for the LGBT pride month and commemorate the Stonewall riots, as result many events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people in the world.
2. Who created the Rainbow Flag?
The father of the flab is Gilbert Baker, 1951-2017, an American artist, gay rights activists, this flag is widely known as the PRIDE flag and is a symbol for the LGBT social movements.
3. Top 10 PRIDE Events (Base on statistics)
4. Best Countries to go and celebrate PRIDE
5. Where in China can I celebrate PRIDE?
There are different places where you can celebrate PRIDE, here is the list of place that will host PRIDE events.
1. Shanghai PRIDE, Shanghai. Offical Website
2.Hong Kong PRIDE Parade, HK Offical Website
3. Shenzhen PRIDE, SZ Offical Website
4. Guangzhou PRIDE, Offical website pending.
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Hello, my beautiful Lalas and Rainbow people! I am back and this time with my review about what Shenzhen Stories: Pride, as you should know, or maybe not, I was one of the speakers this time! Yes! I was so nervous but I did my best to tell my story about how I came out of the closet, you will find soon the podcast of it on the official website: Shenzhen Stories SoundCloud I hope you will enjoy it!
My afternoon started very well when, at 6pm, I joined my very good friend Addie for dinner and after we took a slow walk to the coffee shop where Shenzhen Stories is hosted. There was a big “PRIDE” drawing on the wall, the environment was charming and relaxing, I was, of course, excited and nervous all at once. The first speaker joins, she talked about her family and how proud she is living in a more modern China.
I was the second speaker to join and after a shot of tequila, Viva México, I was brave enough to stand in front of the people and share my story, which I will share the draft bellow with you:
“Love has no shape” That was the answer that Guillermo del Toro gave when asked why the title of their movie “The Shape of water”, he said love comes to us without a specific form. I was in high school the first time I saw her, I was 15 and she was 17, her hair was reminding me of a sunset, her honey eyes were innocent. That was the shape of love for me, a girl, a woman and it felt great, every time she would hold my hand, she kissed my check, I can still remember her perfume, I was so nervous to talk to her than when we were finally introduced I called myself Lauren (My name is Laura), I came back the next day with bigger shoes (I wanted to be taller!). No one told that was love, no one told me it was ok to feel that way and when my mother found it my whole world fell apart, suddenly I was too young to know, it was just a face, she was a bad influence, my parents were getting divorce so for sure I was just trying to get attention and if I was willing to find a boyfriend I would see that was right for me and I did, I found a boy who I broke his heart’ the moment I went to collage and met another woman that just smile at me once! A woman that I also wasn’t able to be with because I was so scared and ashamed of myself, I denied to know her when my friends asked who she was. Love had the shape of a woman and I was running away from it, I was trying so hard to represent it that I ended up in China. The “Love has not shape” and it was at 24 when I understood that it was up to me to be happy, so I wrote one page letter to my mother, the most important person in my life, and I finally said it, as clear as I could “ I am gay and I am still the same daughter you rise me to be” that day also my mother learn that “love has no shape”.
As you may notice, once you hear the podcast, I changed few things because when standing there in front of all those people perception changes and memories come back to you, however, this will give you guys the general idea of my story.
In the end, I think I was able to share my view of this world, where we can be free of love who we want!
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Hello my LaLas! I am back once again with very interesting post about an upcoming event I am sure you will be interested at! Next month, June, it is PRIDE month and as different way to start to celebrate to be OUT and PROUD, Shenzhen Stories will host a PRIDE night.
If you don’t know what Shenzhen Stories is, here are few basic questions and their answers about this awesome group!
1. When Shenzhen Stories started?
December of 2016 is when we started
2. What is the goal of Shenzhen Stories?
Our goal or mission statement would be to foster international community through the art of storytelling. We think storytelling begets empathy and can begin conversations that help people understand themselves and the world around them and therefore give them he ability to make it a better place.
3. What is the website address?
3. We actually are just operating off of social media mostly. We don’t have a website yet but are working on it. Right now people can find us on all of the big social media sites @shenzhenstories
4. How often s Shenzhen Stories hosted?
Shenzhen Stories is held monthly
5. Where is the regular venue?
We have met several places but would probably call our home this coffee shop in Nanhai E Cool called Sculpting in Time. They are awesome!
6. How did SZ Stories choose the topic PRIDE?
We try to base our themes loosely on any given months big holiday. Fun & Games in April was inspired by April Fools Day. So last December we looked at all the things happening in each month, knowing that Pride was in June but we wouldn’t have an event in June, we thought we would lead into it and have a Pride event in May. We thought it was an important event and wanted to celebrate proud voices.
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Back with another playlist, extra extra thanks to my LaLas who left comments of their favorite songs, I’ve included them!
Pynk – Janelle Monae
The most lesbian music video ever just dropped:
Pynk is from Monae’s full-length emotion picture “Dirty Computer,” an absolutely beautiful, relevant work of art to our generation:
Paradise Girls – Deerhoof
“We like girls who are smart”
Often – Cover by Helen Tan
Whatever You Like – Cover by Anya Marina
New You – Zolita
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
“Women, they will come and they will go. When the rain washes you clean you’ll know.”
Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics
“I want to talk like lovers do, want to dive into your ocean, is it raining with you?”
Damn, I wish I was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins.
Touch – Shura
Te Amo – Rihanna
Only a girl – Gia
Borro Cassette – Maluma
Watch to the end:
She likes Girls – Metro Station