It should come as no surprise that nearly 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Coming of age is already awkward enough when you’re straight, but when you’re living in a society where you see people maliciously targeted because of their gender identity, it can forever shatter your own self-image and lead to strong feelings of isolation and alienation, feelings that can lead beautiful people to suffer on fringes of society. It doesn’t have to be like that. This past weekend, with the help of True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit, Sara Ramirez came out as bisexual to let LBGTQ youths know something very important: you’re not alone.
“I am deeply, deeply invested in projects that allow our youths voices to be heard,” Ramirez explained to the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit audience.
Sara’s coming out came during a heartfelt speech covering the conflicts she felt in her own life as a result of her gender identity. Sara’s story is not too different from the hundreds of thousands of youths who confront neglect, abuse and shame at the hands of societal bias and ignorance. Thanks to the platform the True Colors Fund provided, Sara was able to spread her message to the LBGTQ community who need compassion the most. She also set an example by using her high profile to bring awareness to this great cause. If people learn from her example, the True Colors Fund will have an fighting chance to lower homelessness in the LBGTQ community, a goal that benefits all of us. Please check out the True Colors Fund website for more information.
“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”
Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.
“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.
Only took 17 years eh… better late than never. Right on!!!
In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.
“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”
Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.
“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.
He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”
We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.