The LGBTQ+ community has been thriving slowly but surely. Starting long before gay marriage rights were passed in major western countries like England, Ireland and America, the community was boldly making itself known. Today, although there are many battles that have yet to be won as well as the struggles to keep moving forward after horrific tragedies, there have been great triumphs that should be celebrated!

This year alone Disney have shown their support for LGBTQ+ and have featured their first same sex kiss on popular kids show Star vs the Forces of Evil. Making even more headlines was this year’s live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for all the right reasons. Confirmed by the director in an interview with Attitude Magazine, Bill Condon had this to say about the character LeFou:

 “He’s confused about what he wants, it’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. It is a nice. Exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie”.

It’s clear Disney isn’t just trying to be politically correct either, as they rightfully refused to censor the movie for its release in Malaysia.

Although the gay moments in Beauty and the Beast weren’t as in your face as the kissing moment in Star vs the Forces of Evil, LeFou’s character should not be overlooked. Subtle as these on screen moments may be, they are still moments that need to be talked about.

Can’t forget about everyone’s favourite drag show smashing it purse first through the doors! RuPaul’s Drag Race had its highest viewership at nearly 1 million views on its debut of season 9. But you could expect nothing less when the first episode featured Lady Gaga. Number of watchers have risen consistently over the past few seasons proving this show won’t be ending anytime soon.

In political news, after a gay couple was beaten up by a group of teens while walking home, two Dutch politicians held hands in support of them. With their actions Alexander Pechtold, leader of liberal-democratic party and fellow member Wouter Koolmees, started a trend on social media with others men posting pictures holding hands to also show their support.

The world has come a long way in terms of showing equality and understanding for minority groups and the LGBTQ+ community, but the job is not done. Show your support during Pride this year from 24th June to 9th July.

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