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15 LGBTQ+ People Tell Us What Is Bringing Them Queer Joy Right Now

From Abbott Elementary to stray kittens, some well-known LGBTQ+ activists, artists, and politicians talked to BuzzFeed about what's been giving them life during a dark time.

R.K. Russell, NFL free agent

As LGBTQ people, we declare our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness against constant opposition. Although we fight restlessly, we still harness the power of love and laughter. For me, that comes in queer literature. In the last months, I have been locked in Giovanni's Room, reworked my life’s color scheme with All Boys are Blue, and learned that I'm not the only Greedy Bisexual Who Wants Too Much. To my LGBTQ fam who feel alone, I urge you to pick up a book by a queer author. Laugh, cry, heal, and smile with us. Our literature keeps us together.

Annise Parker, President and CEO, Victory Fund

Jeffrey Marsh, Author, How to Be You

People think I’m a Rose, but I’m a Dorothy. Again and again, I come back to The Golden Girls. These women helped me feel less alone when I was a kid growing up on an isolated Pennsylvania farm, and the pandemic has deepened my joy over the Henny Penny episode. I’ve only recently realized that I’m a Dorothy because she doesn’t fulfill her gender role “correctly,” and people make assumptions about her value and attractiveness because of it. (Also she has a contentious relationship with her mother!) The Henny Penny play-within-a-play is an étude on inevitability and friendship, and I love it.

Alexander Cheves, Author, My Love Is a Beast: Confessions

Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

LaSaia Wade, Founder and CEO, Brave Space Alliance

Miss Peppermint, Actor, Singer, Artist

Gavin Grimm, Civil rights activist

George Johnson, Author, All Boys Aren’t Blue

LZ Granderson, Host of ABC Audio’s Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson podcast

Charlotte Clymer, Activist, Writer

Neil Rafferty, District 54 representative, Alabama Legislature

Ryan Cassata, Singer-songwriter, Activist

Stephanie Byers, District 86 Representative, Kansas State Legislature

Jen Richards, Actress, writer