Even in the digital age, queer print media like zines “seem to be having a very special moment all their own,” says Picardi.
Trans model Hari Nef recently guest-edited an influential issue of C★NDY magazine ($83.59), featuring prominent transgender figures like Andreja Pejić.
Meanwhile, Hello Mr. ($20) and Gayletter ($20) mags marry the best of fashion with LGBT culture. In books, Gengoroh Tagame’s just-translated “My Brother’s Husband” manga pushes a prominent gay character to the forefront ($24.95).
“There’s been much ado about rainbows lately, with the addition of black and brown stripes [to the Pride flag] to show solidarity with people of color in our community,” Picardi says.
ROYGBIV fashions are also raising funds: Kenneth Cole’s rainbow-striped “Pride Kam” sneakers ($125) support the Human Rights Campaign. American Eagle’s 2017 Pride collection — including a rainbow “Can’t even think straight” tee ($19.95) — benefits the It Gets Better Project.
Nike, which has donated $2.5 million to LGBT causes since 2012, added multichromatic athletic gear to its BETRUE collection (above sneakers, $160). “This Pride, you can rock the rainbow practically everywhere.”
Picardi points to recent strides taken with LGBT representation in popular shows, particularly in the current season of “Orange Is the New Black,” which delves into the back story of Sophia (Laverne Cox) and the death of Poussey (Samira Wiley).
He’s also a fan of Ellen Page’s Viceland show, “Gaycation,” and its recent episode dedicated to the Pulse nightclub attack. “It’s a harrowing reminder of why Pride isn’t just important, it’s absolutely necessary.”
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