This Week’s Stories
From the Olympics to a historic ad campaign, this week was filled with stories that address various issues within the LGBTQ community:
- Here you can read about a shocking article posted by The Daily Beast in which straight writer, Nico Hines, attempts to lure in gay Olympians through hookup apps such as Grindr. Hines entices different subjects, who are often still closeted, and effectively outs several athletes from repressive countries.
- In this inspiring story, trans model Valentijn Hingh models a 52-foot long dress, with a skirt made up of the flags from 72 countries around the world where homosexuality is considered a crime.
“The concept of the dress is to take the idea of freedom of expression and turn it into a mirror that shows where in the world the freedom to be LGBTQ is lacking.”
- Finally, in this ad campaign, Olympian Chris Mosier makes history with Nike in the first ad campaign featuring a transgender Olympian. Chris was the first transgender athlete to earn a spot on the U.S. national team for the Olympics this year.
“I didn’t know if I would be competitive against men; I just did it. Every success that I’ve had since then has shown me that anything is really possible. By not stopping myself, not limiting myself and just really going for it, I’ve learned a lot about myself and also had the opportunity to further the conversation on trans inclusion in sports.”