Here at Radley London, we love Pride Month and all the wonderful colour and celebration that comes with it. But this year we want to do more than just celebrate alongside, we want to show any of our colleagues and customers who identify as LGBTQ+ that we respect and want to uplift them. So during the month of June, we’ll be highlighting just a handful of activists, artists and public figures from the LGBTQ+ community and the work that they do. Alongside, we’ll be sharing some of our favourite LGBTQ+ literature, films and more.
An artist, activist and educator whose work centres around social change, Tamara-Jade Kaz’s illustrations explore marginalised identity and community, as well as gendered violence prevention from a black feminist perspective. She also specialises in developing bespoke programmes and workshops that challenge groups to reflect on strategy, structural power, group culture and relationships.
Dazed magazine’s LGBTQ+ editor-at-large, Shon Faye, uses her voice and ‘queer icon’ status to educate and inform on LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, as well as issues surrounding mental health. Also a presenter and stand up comedian, she is an often hilarious but also vital voice for the trans community in the face of discrimination.
This week we’re recognising charities and organisations working hard to support the community.
Deaf Youtuber and content creator Jessica Kellgren-Fozard celebrates her love of vintage lifestyle and fashion while also raising awareness for disability and LGBTQ+ issues. Tune in for warm, engaging videos about different aspects of life and cinematic travel vlogs with her wife, Claudia and two adorable dogs.
A classically trained violinist who uses their platform to promote gender equality, Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin is also an LGBTIQA+ community organiser, writer and trustee for Voices4 London, which exists to aid protests, to share knowledge and skills, and create a safe queer family for vulnerable people.
This week we’re celebrating the work of some of our favourite artists from the LGBTQ+ community.
Jamie Windust is an award-winning LGBTQ+ activist, writer, speaker and invincible voice for change within the fashion and beauty industries. Jamie, who identifies as non-binary, combines wit and creativity with their powerful message of diversity and has recently been tasked with hosting panel talks, dinners and online campaigns for brands wanting to demonstrate their allegiance towards inclusivity.
Transgender activist and author, Charlie Craggs is also the founder of Nail Transphobia – a national campaign to start a conversation to educate and expose people to trans issues, while they have their nails painted. Using her platforms to cultivate community and create change offline, Charlie challenges misconceptions and helps people understand the experiences of trans people at all stages of their transitions.
Our pick of entertaining and educational films highlighting issues and relationships in the LGBTQ+ community.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
In this documentary, Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson.
A young African American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
Miseducation of Cameron Post
The story of a teenage girl forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians.
Call Me by Your Name
In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Paris Is Burning
A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
We thought it only right to start with the Co-Founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, widely known as Lady Phyll. As a formidable voice on issues of race, gender and sexuality, Lady Phyll’s pioneering activist work has increased visibility and advocacy for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) in the UK and beyond. The winner of numerous awards for her work, she is also a trustee at Stonewall and sits on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) race relations committee.
A retired captain of the British army and trans advocate – Hannah Graf had already served in Afghanistan, Kenya and Canada as part of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers when she came out as Trans in 2013. As the Army’s highest-ranking Transgender officer, she understands her platform can be used to promote positive change from within the Forces. Hannah and her husband Jake were also Britain’s first transgender parents, having welcomed their beautiful daughter in April.
Want to learn more about other people’s experiences? Here are just some of the books that we’d recommend…