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Show Your Pride And Allyship With These Colorful And Fun Rainbow Outfits

June is PRIDE month which means cities all over the world will be holding major events to celebrate our LBGTQ communities. Between festivals, parades, mixers, and other big happenings, our calendars will be jam-packed the first month of summer. That means we need to start getting our PRIDE wardrobes established asap.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you’re going to want a look that embraces the freedom and spirit of PRIDE. Thanks to Instagram, we’ve got all the vision we’ll need. Here are some fashion-forward examples to spark some inspiration your PRIDE looks.

1. Handmade with Love and Pride

Instagram / @nina_dashl

Some of the best PRIDE looks we’ll see are handmade by creative artisans. Created by @mikaliias, this incredible two-piece denim outfit is adorned with embellishments and beads. We love this look because it manages to be a versatile statement-maker without being gaudy or too over the top.

2. Everything’s Coming Up Rainbow

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If you’re going to dress head to toe for PRIDE, be sure to get shoes that live up to the challenge. These rainbow platforms are fun and fashionable with the added advantage of being hella unique. After all, how often do you slap see-through vinyl on your patas?

3. A Fashionable Foursome

PRIDE is all about community and community is the feeling you get when surrounded by your amigas y comadres. Your BFFs are practically an accessory so don’t be afraid to try a group look. Go for a theme or — if all else fails to impress — wear shorts and shades to help inspire those summertime feels.

4. This Rainbow Goth Look is Everything

Instagram / @saracha_boho

Just because it’s PRIDE, it doesn’t mean you have to ditch your usual aesthetic for a more colorful one. Why not just combine them? Brilliant eye makeup paired with this witchy harness and spike ensemble has us falling in love with the Rainbow Goth aesthetic.

5. Proud and Body Positive

Instagram / @johodaniels

PRIDE is fundamentally all about inclusivity and this includes bodies of all sizes. Body positivity isn’t always celebrated when sported by fat bodies, but we fully support our bigger babes in taking up space and showing off their killer style. Every PRIDE-goer should be comfortable in their own skin when they join the party.

6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Instagram / @life.of.lauren

The rainbow is the official symbol of the LBGTQ community so you’re going to see it a lot of it this month. You might as well embrace colorful motif now. This mix of vibrant striped bottoms with a pegasus and rainbow top is exactly what we want to see at PRIDE.

7. Just Add Glitter

Instagram / @clararaararra

Not sure what to wear to your PRIDE event? Just add glitter. Seriously, that’s all you need. Glitter can glam up any outfit you choose and costs next to nothing. Just make sure your sparkly addition is the environmentally friendly kind before you embrace this quick glo-up.

8. Pride — and Fashion — is For Everyone

Instagram / @svngre_seca

For too long, the LGBTQ community was viewed as perverse and not suitable for kids. Luckily, that has changed as the world has become more educated and empathetic. PRIDE now has many family-friendly events. which means you can take the little ones with you to celebrate. Just don’t forget the matching outfits.

9. Serving Pride Head to Toe

Instagram / @kawaii_fetus

You’re going to see hundreds of fierce PRIDE looks this month so feel free to make a statement with your own. That’s what cosplayer @kawaii_fetus did with her vividly cute outfit. It’s raver girl meets pastel goth meets Rainbow Brite and we love it.

10. Born This Way

Instagram / @nycpride

There’s nothing better than embracing who you are while being surrounded by people who are doing the same. No matter what you wear this PRIDE season, make sure you’re feelin’ yourself. You’re beautiful, you’re bold and you’re not going to hide it.

11. They/Them

Instagram / @qadir.el

This year, we’re done with apologizing for who we are. A statement shirt like this one is a powerful way to declare that as well as what you stand for. What’s even better is that it’s easy to style this look with a bold face of makeup or dress it down with a pair of jeans.

12. Teach Them Young to be Proud of Who They Are

Instagram / @nycpride

We’re raising a generation of kids who won’t feel the need to hide; a generation who can be proud of who they are. The kids in our community are super heroes who will make it even better for the generation that follows them. That’s every reason to celebrate PRIDE.

13. D-I-V-A

Instagram / @nycpride

If you can’t be a DIVA at PRIDE, where can you be one? Drag stars have long been the entertainers and artists of our communities so they’re the perfect people to draw inspiration from. Skin-tight clothing, feathers, and rhinestones go a long way in your search for the perfect PRIDE aesthetic.

14. Biker Babe Chic

Instagram / @nycpride

Bikers and those who love leather have always been a part of PRIDE parades. So, if you ride, it’s time to dust off your chaps and hit the road. Add someone snuggling behind you on the backseat to fully emulate the Biker look.

15. He came to SLAY

Instagram / @nycpride

Confidence is the thing that really sells an outfit. That means that if you believe you look good then you do look good. Whether you wear an elaborate show girl-esque number or just your favorite jeans, you better come to PRIDE ready to slay!

16. Neon & Glitter & Tassels — Oh My!

Instagram / @nycpride

In case you didn’t know, over the top doesn’t exist during PRIDE month. If it is in your personal taste to glitz it up in something fabulous, don’t feel like you’ll be the only one. Chances are you’ll meet plenty of people who get you and your look.

17. Frida Would be Proud

Instagram / @love_is_love_collection

The iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was famous for wearing flower crowns and she also just so happened to be bisexual. From what we know about the colorful woman, she would have adored PRIDE month. Celebrate your queerness and pay homage to Frida herself with your own brilliant flower crown.

18. Paint With All The Colors

Instagram / @alexisevelynbeauty

Once you get your clothes straight, it’s time to deck your face out for PRIDE. Look to your favorite beauty blogger’s work for inspiration or try to free-hand with the use of your own imagination. You have every color of the rainbow to work with so neutral tones need not apply.

19. The Best Accessory is a Flag

Instagram / @lisaluong_

If all else fails, a PRIDE flag is all that you need to make a radiant fashion statement. The traditional rainbow flag, the lesbian flag, and the bi flag are just a few options to try and prove that simple can be just as impactful.

20. To Love and Be Loved

Instagram / @nycpride

When all is said, this month is a celebration of love. The love of ourselves, the love of our families and the love of those we choose are what makes the festivities possible. No matter what you wear, remember that PRIDE is a joyous time. Stand tall, smile and face the month with a full heart.

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Women Of Color Are Talking About Being Made To Feel Isolated By Their Family’s Ignorance And It’s Pretty Heartbreaking

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Being our most honest selves around family can, no doubt about it, be extremely difficult. Add family dynamics, expectations, and Latino culture into the mix and things get quite a bit murkier. And while, not all families have a hard time accepting their children as they are, there’s no denying that children who are LGBTQ struggle to be accepted more by their family’s than others. According to Equality Florida, “when asked to describe the ‘most difficult problem facing them in their life these days,’ LGBTQ+ Latino youth most often cited three issues related to their LGBTQ+ identity: lack of acceptance by parents and family, fear about being out or open, trouble at school, including bullying.”

A recent post on Reddit asked women of color who are lesbians to share their family experiences.

The responses were not only extremely enlightening but particularly heartbreaking.

Check them out below.

This woman who feels constantly judged.

“Kind of late to this post but yes. I am a Latina Lesbian and we do not talk about sexuality in my family. My family knows but it is never mentioned. I moved out out my families house 5 yrs ago but every time I go visit for the holidays, the elephant in the room is there. The “when are you having children, getting married, boyfriend etc.” All I can say is do not feel pressured. You do not have to give up your happiness or yourself to please your parents. I am constantly judged by my family for my actions, but id rather be myself and be happy. It’s a tough battle but worth it. When I moved out I moved with the excuse of moving for a work promotion. So do you, do what makes you happy.” – eltorres27

And this chica who feel pressured by the expectations of her family.

“Yeah, my mom is an immigrant to this country (the US) and feels it would be disappointing to have the family lineage end with me. Like, she came here to start something new and I’m gonna end it. Truth is, I do want kids but may never have them due to my career goals. And that has nothing to do with my sexuality.” – Baegz_

This woman who finds her parents struggle more with her amazing partner.

“Yeah I’m Egyptian so I super feel you. I’ve been telling my parents for years before I came out that I didn’t want kids. And now I’m married to a trans woman… So things have been strained. I think the end goal is working through your own shame and judgment so that theirs doesn’t affect you as much. Also, I’ve been delving back into my culture (ancient Egypt), and while there’s always pressure to have kids (so that humans survive), they had no issues with being gay. It’s been really amazing connecting to that part of my culture so I don’t feel so isolated.” –curlyhairedlesbo

This chica who resolved her issues with her family by running away.

“Wish I didn’t understand this kind of pain, but I do. My family wanted me to go to uni, find a man (possibly rich), have 3 (possibly) male children, and go from there to being a happy family as a stay at home mom. My solution? Running away with my gf at age 19, settling down, get engaged, and still not have the balls to block my family on social media even when they retweet/share conversion therapy ads. If only I was as brave as some other people out there- my wonderful girlfriend included. I just run away all the time and it hurts. I don’t know what to do or say whenever my relatives confront me, and I haven’t talked to my parents in years. Thank god Angelika is with me. Otherwise? I don’t really know, nor I want to think about it. Hope you get thru this difficult part of your life. I love the life I have now, we have a dog for heavens sake. A dog! Haha. Never felt more at peace at home than now. It will get better. Trust me.” –Maki_san

This woman who finds any self-expression difficult.

“I’m middle eastern and it’s a huge expectation (I’m expected to not move out until im married) and any self-expression that doesn’t fit the norm is considered shameful for me & my family :/ being a POC lesbian is hard.” – stupididiotdumbassb

This woman who dreams of a life with a wife despite her family’s restricting expectations.

“Not a lesbian im newly bi but my family expects me to get an education get married and be a housewife. Anything i try different from the norm gets shit on. But honestly, i lowkey dream of having a wife sounds so pretty and romantic.” –56hej027sn10

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Vanessa Romo Marks The Cover Of Vogue México In A History-Making Feature

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Vanessa Romo Marks The Cover Of Vogue México In A History-Making Feature

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Vogue México knows a good trend when it comes to the fashion world. Their recent decision to feature model Vanessa Romo on the cover of their September issue proves that they also know a classic too. Speaking with Vogue México the model opened up about her career, challenges, and experiences that have allowed her to position herself as one of the modeling world’s most prominent figures.

The model with Mexican roots started out her career by modeling on small projects then moved up to uploading images to Instagram and eventually became discovered by Forever 21. Soon after, the North American fast-fashion brand offered Romo a collaboration and she was ultimately signed to an agent.

Now she’s Vogue México’s September model.

In her interview with Vogue, Romo says that the first time she saw plus-size models on a runway, her view of the fashion industry completely shifted.

Seeing women with bodies just like hers, made Romo feel represented in a way that was beautiful and confident. Speaking to Vogue México, Romo explains that she struggled her first two years as a model because she was still in college at University of California, Santa Bárbara. Because of her Latin roots, Romo studied Chicano Studies and Spanish. Her interest led her to continue to explore her identity and Romo decided to audition for Nuestra Belleza Latina on Univision in 2018.

Romo told Vogue that she decided to take part in the competition because she knew there was a need for this representation in the Latino community. When she finished the contest, she realized that she needed to continue breaking expectations for models.

“With this new inspiration, she decided to learn to love her body. Modeling and fashion were for her a way of exploring her own confidence and growing her,” Vogue México revealed. “The power of modeling captivated her so much that it was then that she realized that she herself wanted to be part of the change. Just as she needed empowerment, she knew that there were so many girls and women who needed it equally.”

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