The Advocate, one of the leading LGBTQ magazines and sources of queer news, recently wrapped up their 8th annual Day in LGBTQ America photo series. Once a year, the magazine asks to see what LGBTQ people are busy doing in their everyday lives. And I can’t stop scrolling through the images posted on Twitter and Instagram.
Being a queer news and entertainment source, The Advocate already knows the shenanigans LGBTQ people are getting into. But it’s important for all of America to see too. After all, our gay agenda is pretty fierce. I really do mean fierce — and heartbreakingly beautiful.
“Please think of A Day in LGBTQ America as one way you can help The Advocate dispel what the religious right tries to sell America about LGBTQ people, and simultaneously, your photos will inspire young people with the power of the project’s hopeful message.”
We are caregivers while fighting to take care of ourselves.
Long day at work, thankful for my warm house, my partner recovering from cancer treatment, my 95 year old mom hanging in there, and my poodle waiting to make it all ok. Just life. Let's do it again tomorrow. #DayInLGBTQ pic.twitter.com/SGPCUkPRNi
— Ivan (@ivanrich) December 12, 2018
— Doc_Ruse (@DocRuse) December 11, 2018
We try to look dapper while doing good.
— Sean Joseph (@Dr_McWho) December 12, 2018
— Kyra Holiday 🏳️🌈 (@Keeholiday13) December 11, 2018
We are parents.
— 🏳️🌈IAN👬 (@schnaity) December 12, 2018
— David Barrett (@DavidBarrett44) December 12, 2018
We’re single parents too.
Our kids like waffles.
— Chaotic Futch (@Magsalicious) December 11, 2018
We are students.
— Pumpkin ❄️ (@HanaMatsunoki) December 11, 2018
— Karen Adell Scot (@KarenAdellScot) December 12, 2018
@TheAdvocateMag getting ready to go teach my ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Side note I had forgot to zip my jacket up and already have my arm full of graded papers. #gayteacher #EnglishTeacher #esl #DayInLGBTQ #LGTBIQ pic.twitter.com/MTPeclm6bT
— Tyler Cargill (@TCargill489) December 11, 2018
We make art.
— Aiden James ® (@aidenjamestour) December 11, 2018
— Amber Leventry (@AmberLeventry) December 11, 2018
We survive home improvement projects.
And we get through it all with chocolate.
Sometimes we are the stereotype.
— Jen Kilchenmann (@film_gem_digger) December 12, 2018
And sometimes we break it.
— Ajax Peris (@ajaxperis) December 11, 2018
— Spark_plug (@Stacie_deVries) December 11, 2018
We are somebody’s everything.
— Alexander Limas (@AlXavierLimas) December 11, 2018
— ketocarbsnob (@NurseRoxi) December 11, 2018
This is me totally surprising him at Greensboro Pride. Guess what love is, folks? #LoveIsLove. It is also a completely ordinary #DayInLGBTQ lives. This is who we are. Sometimes we fight. Sometimes we make out in public. Usually, though, we simply stay at home and watch Netflix. pic.twitter.com/djMh6BpoqU
— Robbie Howell (@robbiehowell) December 12, 2018
— Neal Broverman (@nbroverman) December 11, 2018
We are queer people trying to live our best lives. We are activists, parents, artists, students, and educators. We are humans. We don’t have a gay agenda. But we do need more queer representation to show people that our only agenda is to live safe, happy, and fulfilled lives. We want and can do a lot of amazing things when we aren’t busy defending ourselves and our rights all of the time. See us. Accept us. Love us.
Because right now it’s a heavy burden for the LGBTQ community to be the change and the hope while also being the targets of hate and bigotry.