Welcome to the first Voice Views, a new monthly post we will be trialling in an effort to bring our community together.
The concept is simple, we publish a question or broad statement, and we want to hear what you think! Sometimes we will be asking for hot takes to a political event, other times we might want more considered, personal responses about what inspires you, or your favourite activities. Our Voice Contributors will pitch in every month to kick things off, but then it's your turn, replying in the comments, or publishing your own blogs to convey your point of view.
For our first Voice Views, we want to know:
Who are the LGBTQ+ artists, or LGBTQ+ works of art, that inspire you most?
Pride Month is coming to a close, with the London Pride Rally expected to be the largest one to date. However, once the celebrations are all over, too many people slip back into complacency and allow the prejudice and persecution of the LGBTQ+ community to continue unchecked. With the rainbows and glitter out of sight, the community slip out of mind.
We want to keep the momentum going.
Hopefully this Voice Views will get you thinking longer term about the impact that LGBTQ+ people have on society, and encourage you to stand up for the rights and safety of everyone in society, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
Voice Contributor picks
When asked to help kickstart Voice Views, the Voice Contributors were incredibly eager to take part. They've each written longer posts about their chosen LGBTQ+ icon, and you can find links to each of them below!
“Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new": Hayley Kiyoko Spotlight - Charlotte Boulton
Unapologetically Elton - Saskia Calliste
Forever is His Today: Freddie Mercury - Chris Hill
Dear White People is inclusion done right - Tayo Adewole
Janelle Monae: My biggest inspiration - Sadhana Narayanan
Nicole Maines: A Real-Life Superhero - Mary Strickson
On Edward Lear and his queery, leary nonsense poetry - Jack Solloway
Who are yours?
We've told you some of ours, but we really want to know who your LGBTQ+ icons are. You can tell us in the comments section, or if you were similarly inspired like our Voice Contributors, you can write a blog post and drop the link in the comments!