Welcome to The Mill’s Pride Creative Collective, a global call to art.
With social injustices still occurring throughout the world that still deeply affect the LGBTQ+ community, it’s incredibly important for us to continue to celebrate Pride year on year, and continue the conversation around making our communities and systems accessible, safe and accepting for all.
The purpose of Pride is to celebrate self-acceptance and acceptance of love – to acknowledge the history of where we’ve come from, how those have fought to get here. To celebrate World Pride Month this year, we called on our creative community to do what they do best, uplift and celebrate one another through art and creativity inspired by Pride.
I’ve been working on a series of comic book stories and illustrations with (and for) my nieces and nephews back home in New Zealand, and took a little detour to have the characters participate in celebrating Pride month! You can learn more Corey here or on her Instagram @valiant_for_president.
Queer ecology is a body of transdisciplinary practices that seeks to reimagine societal understandings of gender, sex and identity as well as biological and environmental politics. While researching this I learned that, like humans, some animals are heterosexual, some are homosexual, and some are somewhere in between. Scientists have observed the Laysan Albatross for years, finding many female – female pairs raising chicks together and even adopting orphaned eggs.
Expressing pouring love and pride. It tells no matter who are we, where we from, where we stand, we are equal and free under the rainbow. @Yak.gwa
This year, The Mill’s global studios each donated to a local LGBTQ+ non-profit that is working to benefit the local community and offer support to queer and marginalized people of all ages. If you’d like to read more about these charities and see how you can offer additional support, check them out here:
AKT | akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
True Colors United | True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.
Brave Space Alliance | Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city.
Gender Justice LA | Gender Justice LA is a grassroots multi-racial coalition of transgender people and allies advocating for rights and challenging oppression. This donation will fund their Transmasculine Health AND Black TGI Leadership foundation.
GLADT | GLADT is a BIPOC LGBTQ+ organization in Berlin focussed on intersectional discrimination in Germany.
akt is a national LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness charity who work with young people who are facing homelessness or rejection from home simply for being who they are. They provide access to safe accommodation and support to build resilience to ensure that no young person must choose between a safe home and being who they are. Find out more about akt in our feature with Deputy CEO Carrie Reiners.
You can also discover & donate to these incredible organizations based in the US:
True Colours United | Implementing innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the experiences of LGBTQ youth
The Trevor Project | Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth