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Through the Prism of Pride Stories from LGBTQ+ communities around the world

In our series Through the Prism of Pride we present stories from LGBTQ+ communities around the world, exploring the power creative expression has to bring about change, understanding and acceptance.

From a sci-fi podcast to make-believe wedding photography to an ABC for the full spectrum of identities, all these projects show pride in their own way.

Illustration by Pauline Klieber.

Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu’s film Rafiki tells the love story of two girls in Kenya. Banned in her own country, but presented at Cannes Film Festival this year, Wanuri’s film acts as a symbol of the need for further discussion on same-sex relationships, which remains illegal in Kenya.

Read about Rafiki here.

The Penumbra Podcast

The Penumbra Podcast is a sci-fi series telling the stories that need to be told. Crafting characters that they don’t see represented elsewhere, the US-based team presents an otherworldly journey that touch on worldly problems.

Discover the story behind the podcast here.

How She Loves

In her ongoing project How She Loves, photographer Charmaine Poh depicts staged weddings with queer couples in Singapore. With the state’s laws regarding same-sex marriage still blurred, her photos explore perspectives on love, identity and companionship.

Read about the series here.

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup is the online platform attempting to put the way people feel about themselves into words. The UK site hosts a growing index of potential identities in the hope that readers can better understand their own experiences.

Find your own letter, read the story here.

Queer Icons

In Gabriel Garcia Roman's series Queer Icons, QTPoC (queer trans people of color), activists and community organizers stand hallowed like regents, elevating them to modern day saints.

Discover them here.

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  • 1. Rafiki
  • 2. The Penumbra Podcast
  • 3. How She Loves
  • 4. Alphabet Soup
  • 5. Queer Icons