June is Pride Month and with that, there’s no better time to celebrate authenticity and individuality. There is so much value in the traits that make you unique. We constantly look to lift up unapologetic individuality and love that this month fixes our gaze on just that. Beginning by recognizing the history behind Pride Month helps us celebrate and recognize the individuals who have helped make the LGBTQIA+ community all that it is today. The Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 were not the beginning of the gay rights movement, but brought new action and life to the LGBTQIA+ community’s efforts. The 60’s in general were not a welcoming time for LGBTQIA+ individuals, with members of this community and it’s allies often flocking to gay bars and clubs seeking a welcoming environment of likeminded individuals. Police force in these establishments became common, finally coming to a head when a popular club, the Stonewall Inn was raided with 13 arrested, some taken into police custody just for dressing outside of gender norms. Sparking unity under a similar mission, to be prideful of individuality and live freely, the Stonewall Riots act as a symbol today to stand up for what you believe in. Recognizing this moment in history and the celebration that surrounds this month today, brings us gratitude for the growing world we live in! One way to celebrate this growth is to look at individuals who are and have been a part of the movement and community. While the journey towards self expression may not always be easy, it is certainly always worth it. Join us as we shine a spotlight on some LGBTQIA+ icons to learn, grow, and be inspired by some of the best!
Marsha P. Johnson
As a drag queen and gay liberation activist, Marsha P. Johnson’s impact on the LGTBQIA+ community in the 60’s and 70’s is absolutely foundational. Alongside their friend, Sylvia Rivera, Johnson founded STAR, an organization created to support homeless gay and trans community members. Marsha also pushed the norms and was always their original self inside and out, at times dressing in drag from top to bottom with only the best glam and style, even though this was illegal at the time. Marsha P. Johnson is an icon and paved the way for diversity in sexuality and expression! Who knows where we would all be today without Marsha’s expression and passion throughout the height of this movement.
When looking for inspiration in embracing authenticity- Gigi Gorgeous is our girl! As a transgender model, socialite, and actress, Gigi has helped set the stage for trans individuals in the spotlight and has shown the fluidity of sexuality and expression. Understanding her sexuality and means of expression, Gigi has made four separate coming out statements as her identification shifts and she becomes more attuned to her wants and needs. Doing this, Gigi reminds us all that there are no limits to expression and there is no time frame on finding ourselves. We each have the right to be who we want beginning whenever we want and that is something no one should be able to take away or discourage. While Gigi’s journey has not been easy, with incidents occurring surrounding her expression, the thoughts of others have not stopped her from standing up for her rights and being fully herself. Self expression is key and just like Gigi, we will always be here to remind you to be YOU, in whatever way feels natural.
Beauty influencer and social media personality Bretman Rock has been a source of inspiration for more than just glam makeup enthusiasts. As a male makeup artist, Bretman continues to show that there are no parameters to self expression, breaking down typical expectations and acting as proof that self expression is everywhere and makeup can and should be empowering! Celebrating Pride Month the first week of June 2021, Bretman wrote on Instagram “You will accept us— actually idgaf if u do but you will respect us” and it’s this boss energy that we think makes the LGBTQIA+ community so powerfully authentic. Even through the campaigns he takes part in, Bretman continuously brings attention to LGTBQIA+ rights. In a campaign for Nike, Bretman promoted the message that “strength has no gender”. Propelling this movement through his own initiatives with such a large, well known brand, Bretman has shown his constant awareness for the community’s obstacles and his ability to create change and necessary conversation.
It’s basically impossible to talk about LGBTQIA+ individuals who have shaped the community WITHOUT mentioning Laverne Cox. As an actress (most commonly known for her role on the popular Netflix show Orange is the New Black) and LGBTQIA+ advocate, Laverne has continually shaped the space for others to also make their mark. As the first transgender person being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award AND the first trans person on the cover of Times magazine, Laverne shows that trans is beautiful AND successful, providing a voice of advocacy for the community. Using her platforms to equip allies and the LGBTQIA+ community, Laverne educates and inspires, providing an open dialogue and space to always do better.
From her beginning in stardom, singer and actress Lady Gaga has repeatedly shown her allyship and commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community. From thanking “the gods and the gays” in award acceptance speeches to participating in programs to benefit gay and trans homeless youth, Gaga brings allyship into conversation constantly. Even her self-love anthem “Born This Way” has taught us that we are who we are and there is immense greatness in being true to ourselves! No matter what she’s doing, Lady Gaga puts her own flair on everything and reminds us of the power that lies wholeheartedly in believing in ourselves.
While there are so many inspirational individuals within this community, looking at these few icons reminds us of the power that lies in our individuality. Each of these strong people have paved the way for others to show the world who they are, proudly, in their own time. Babe Lash is not only here to support your beauty routine, we are here to support YOU as an individual and the journey you may be on towards figuring out who exactly that is. It may not always be easy and your experience may not look like those around you but that’s okay. While vulnerability can be scary, it is so beautiful. This journey is not one with a timeline or expectations, as long as you are surrounded with support and love, you are well on your way. Whether your expression comes from makeup, skincare, or elsewhere, finding hobbies and interests that make you feel wholly yourself are vital. In allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community, Babe Lash’s round up feature allows all purchases in June to be rounded up to the next whole dollar, with all proceeds going to True Colors United, a non-profit organization that supports homeless youth with an emphasis on those from the LGBTQIA+ community. If makeup is your form of self expression and you decide to throw on some Babe Lash Mascara and Plumping Lip Jelly, tag us in your selfies! We are always looking to hype up our babes!
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