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Happy Pride Month! While the NFT industry has been praised for promoting inclusivity and providing opportunities for artists from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community, there is always room for improvement. As a community, we are responsible for creating a welcoming environment where all voices can thrive. So let’s take a closer look at some LGBTQIA+ NFT creators, communities and events happening in 2023. Let’s celebrate and support the vibrant and diverse talent in our community together!
JF Larouche is the lead artist and co-founder of the LGBTQIA+ NFT project, Galactic Gaylords. Galactic Gaylords is a bold queer collectibles project that embraces personal identity. Additionally, it celebrates the uniqueness of individuals who have experienced a sense of not belonging. With a collection of 10,000 collectibles, it strives to create a space where everyone can proudly and unapologetically express themselves.
In addition, JF Larouche takes the lead in several notable interactive art projects that actively bridge the physical and digital realms. At the core of their work is a deep commitment to being a queer artist. Ultimately, their art serves as a powerful representation of their connection to the queer community.
Meet Jessie, the talented queer co-founder and lead artist behind The Melancholy Monsters Club NFT project. Back in 2012, Jessie created the original artwork as a small cartoon featuring two lovable monsters, laying the foundation for the project’s captivating journey. Notably, the NFT Project is proudly 100% LGBTQIA+ owned and operated. Thus embodying inclusion at its core.
Beyond their artistic contributions, Jessie brings over 11 years of experience providing direct mental health support to underserved communities. Here, there is a particular focus on the LGBTQIA+ community. Moreover, their dedication to promoting mental well-being and creating safe spaces has a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
Deanna is a proud lesbian who embraced her true self at the age of 28 and has never looked back! She has a deep passion for supporting all individuals and believes strongly in the “live and let live” mentality, advocating for freedom and the right to live authentically.
Photography has been one of Deanna’s favorite hobbies for many years. It acts as a creative outlet that gives her immense joy and peace. Also, immersing herself in the NFT community and being surrounded by other creatives has inspired her to continually refine her craft. With a strong belief in using the NFT space for positive impact, Deanna finds joy in supporting artists and recognizing the power this technology has given them.
Not Your Bro is a gathering of 10,000 NFTs that aims to challenge the male-dominated NFT space and give representation to women and the LGBTQIA+ community. To take their commitment further, this women-led project uses NFTs for a good cause. In fact, their dedication to supporting nonprofits and creating awareness earned them the prestigious Most Impactful Charity NFT Project award at the 2022 NFT NYC Awards.
Queer Friends is a web3 company and NFT project that aims to amplify the voices of women, genderqueer and LGBTQIA+ friends. Significantly, their mission is to provide a community, education, representation and opportunities within the web3 area. In addition, Queer Friends aims to amplify the voices of women, queer and LGBTQIA+ friends. Ultimately, they hope that individuals can discover love, friendship, family, acceptance, inspiration and authenticity in the Queer Friends community.
Take Up Space is a community-owned media company and NFT project. In particular, they actively assemble a collective of creators, writers and artists to usher in a fresh era of decentralized and intersectional media. By uniting different voices and perspectives, they aim to challenge the status quo. Additionally, they hope to create a platform that empowers underrepresented and LGBTQIA+ communities and amplifies their stories. Essentially, their goal is to empower a wide range of change-makers and makers through media, education, community and events.
A Bug Travels Far is a unique NFT and IRL children’s book series with the powerful mission of bringing LGBTQIA+ youth characters to the forefront of children’s literature. But also to support organizations dedicated to preventing suicide within the LGBTQIA+ youth community. By championing diversity and inclusion, this series aims to have a positive impact on the lives of young readers. Furthermore, it is the first ever children’s picture book series to be released as NFTs on the blockchain and displayed on a Web3 token-gated website.
Decentraland, in partnership with Polygonal Mind and Vegas City, has announced the highly anticipated return of Metaverse Pride 2023! This immersive event is exclusively dedicated to the global LGBTQIA+ community. In addition, it will take place over three exciting days, from 27 to 29 June. In fact, this year’s festivities promise to be bigger and more vibrant than ever before. So prepare to immerse yourself in a celebration filled with captivating virtual art, exciting experiences, live performances, valuable prizes and educational LGBTQIA+ content.
Excitingly, the DROPSPOT PRIDE2023 campaign is holding #NFTWITHPRIDE. Notably, this campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the incredible talents of the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition, they hope to provide inspiration and role models for the next generation and have a positive impact. So get ready for a collection of bright, bold and beautiful NFTs created by renowned international artists. These include Bobby Coyote, Jesse Soleil, Gray E Leifer, SkullTakes, Tammy M, GloGirl, Amit Greenberg, Stacie A Buhler, Sarisa Kojima and Sofie Louise Birkin.
Monaverse has recently launched the XPR3SSN. Oddly enough, this is an immersive experience that showcases the extraordinary creations of talented queer artists. With a strong commitment to empowering LGBTQIA+ NFT artists, monaverse’s primary goal is to foster a vibrant community. It is remarkable that a community that celebrates queer art encourages meaningful dialogue and promotes diverse perspectives. In addition, XPR3SSN has a carefully curated selection of boundary-pushing queer artists who challenge conventional norms.
Then enter the vibrant virtual realm of Monatorium! Here you can embark on an exploration through the virtual halls, interact with artworks and connect with like-minded art lovers and creators. Finally, Mona, the driving force behind this visionary space, is dedicated to empowering queer artists by providing a platform for expression and celebration.