For those of us influencers who want to learn more about LGBTQIA+ stories, histories, and issues, it can feel as if there is too much information and we don’t know where to start.
One super easy way to learn is to diversify your feed and include LGBTQIA+ influencers in your social media scrolling. You’re on there anyway, right? Might as well get educated.
And while none of these influencers owe you an explanation or an education, we are so grateful for their voices in a time when being “out” is still a real physical danger to many.
While we list twelve in this article, we know it is nowhere near an exhaustive list of amazing LGBTQIA+ influencers. We encourage you to explore and find more LGBTQIA+ influencers to follow and support in their businesses (financially or otherwise).
The following list is arranged in alphabetical order:
Alan Pelaez Lopez is an AfroIndigenous poet, an installation and adornment artist, and the author of Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien and to love and mourn in the age of displacement from Oaxaca, Mexico. Their politics are radical, Indigenous, queer, and feminist. Their Instagram feed showcases their art and poetry, their activism, and their work.
Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming writer, performance artist, and the author of Femme in Public and Beyond the Gender Binary. Their Instagram feed focuses on trans rights, immigrant rights, defunding the police, their writing and art, and fashion.
Amber Leventry is an advocate, writer, and parent. They post snippets of their lives with their kids, their writing, and their other social media posts regarding LGBTQIA+ rights.
Andy Marra is the executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and a Korean-American adoptee. She posts about trans rights, activism, her life, and her experiences as a Korean-American adoptee.
Aydian Dowling is an activist, educator, speaker, and mentor in the transgender community. His Instagram is full of posts on trans rights, amplifying trans business owners, discussing body dysphoria, the particular concerns of transgender men, fatherhood, and allyship.
Charlene Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer, writer, and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. Her Instagram feed is, like her book and herself, unapologetically Black, Black feminist, and queer. Carruthers shares topics such as her own poetry and writing, defunding the police, and activism.
Charlotte Clymer is a writer, queer, army veteran, and LGBTQIA+ activist. On Instagram, she posts about her work, LGBTQIA+ rights, feminism, and her daily life as a transgender woman.
Gabby Rivera is a queer Puerto Rican author of Juliet Takes a Breath, the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics as the writer of America, the first graphic novel featuring a queer Latina superhero, and an LGBTQ youth activist. Her Instagram is full of posts about her work, books, collaborations, allyship, and activism.
Queer Habibi is an anonymous queer Arab artist on Instagram who stays unidentified online for his safety. His Instagram is committed to representing Middle Eastern and North African queer folks in their everyday lives. He also uses his art to draw attention to teach his audience about queer Middle Eastern and North African history and activists, his daily life, and he talks about his experiences growing up queer.
Sean Saifa is an intersex activist, visual artist, co-founder of @intersexjusticeproject, and creator of @unbornson. On his platforms, you can find posts about intersex rights, Black trans rights, and Black liberation.
Tiq Milan is a public speaker, host, thought leader, music journalist, political writer, model, and poet. His Instagram posts feature his work, friends, activism, Black trans rights, fatherhood, and his daily life.
Vilissa Thompson is the creator of #DisabilityTooWhite, founder of Ramp Your Voice!, a disability rights consultant, social worker, proud disabled Black woman, and writer. On her Instagram, you will find snapshots of her life and her work as a disability activist.
While these 12 LGBTQIA+ influencers are nowhere near all-inclusive, we hope that it’s enough of a start to help you find and follow other influencers from whom to learn and love. If you are able, please consider supporting their work and labor financially or socially.