In the spirit of Pride month and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, HuffPost Australia has launched ‘Proud Out Loud’, a series celebrating the stories of influential change-makers within the LGBTQ community.
‘Proud Out Loud’ showcases five Australian identities alongside global figures from the UK, India, Canada and beyond. In line with the official Mardi Gras theme, they reveal what matters most to them through harrowing, funny and relatable personal experiences of identity.
Profiled in the series is local Aboriginal drag artist and curator of Koori Gras: Blak Nulla, Nana Miss Koori [feature image], gay rapper and saxophonist of Kenyan and Sri Lankan Tamil heritage JamarzOnMarz, Trans activist Holly Conroy, non-binary Transgender woman Chloe London AKA Sunday Best, and S.Q.U.A.D (STRONG. QUEER. UNITED. AMAZING. DIVAS) a non-binary Aussie performance group of WAAPA graduates who are taking the London drag scene by storm.
As part of ‘Proud Out Loud’, HuffPost Australia teamed up with the Verizon Media Studio team for the first time ever to create an original mini-documentary, ‘Coming Out Stories’. The video delves deeper into Australian journeys of identity and coming out, told through personal accounts.
HuffPost Australia senior editor Carly Williams said: “HuffPost Australia is incredibly proud to be providing a platform for the LGBTQ community to share their stories. ‘Proud Out Loud’ fits into our wider editorial plan to create content that focuses on cutting-edge, people-first narratives within the themes of sustainability, identity and life.
“‘Proud Out Loud’ is a testament to the types of stories we want to share, of people who are inspirational advocates for change and are making waves. This year we’re excited to be launching more content around International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week and Drag Expo to name a few.”
Producer/Director: Carly Williams, Senior Editor (HuffPost)
Editor/Camera: Sam Lax, Video Producer (Verizon Media)
Consulting Producer : Elly Westaway, Social Media Producer (Verizon Media)