Act With Pride

We are proud of Squarespace's long history of celebrating our LGBTQIA+ community during Pride month through beautiful activations and events. When the world moved Pride celebrations online this year, it was important for us to reimagine how to bring Pride to life in a way that honored its origins in the context of current events. Squarespace is celebrating Pride by acknowledging the LGBTQIA+ community’s long-standing history of breaking down barriers and lifting each other up. Led by trans women of color, Pride began as a protest and a fight for the rights of queer people. This year, we talked with customers that have worked to drive progress for the LGBTQIA+ community and featured their stories in our Squarespace blogs and across our social media. The goal is that these social features inspire queer community members and allies alike to share stories and take action for the future. From building community to fueling creativity to encouraging activism, we’re hoping to honor the queer community as a continual source of strength, resilience and inspiration – while recognizing there’s still a lot more amazing work to be done. You can find the stories of these inspirational individuals below.

For performer Crystal Methyd, celebrating queer identity through drag is a revolutionary—and resilient—act. She spoke with Squarespace about embracing absurdity in her stage presence, finding drag through spite, and what she hopes to inspire in younger members of the queer community.

Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, the pair behind performance art duo FAKA, have brought Black Queer Culture in South Africa to center stage. Channeling their own lived experiences and those of their community into mediums like music, live performance, and photography, Fela and Desire’s work is unapologetically authentic. They talked to Squarespace about where they find inspiration, how they’ve found a community online, and why resilience shouldn’t and doesn’t look the same for everyone.

Peyton Dix’s social media followers know that her work unapologetically and intentionally centers on Black and queer experiences, voices, and creators. She talked to Squarespace about her commitment to transparency, life as a social butterfly, and why being both a student and a teacher of others’ lived experiences will never stop.

Meet Trystan Reese, an activist and educator working to make the world a safe and inclusive place for people to be their most authentic selves. He talked to Squarespace about the supernatural optimism that keeps him motivated, what he’s learned from navigating parenthood and pregnancy as a trans man, and why trans women of color are who he trusts to guide the queer community into its future.

Throughout their life, singer-songwriter Claud has used music as an expression and exploration of queerness—and as an exercise in getting comfortable taking up space. Claud’s musical platform plays an important role in the representation of queer artistry, and of nonbinary folks specifically. They spoke with Squarespace about pursuing a musical career, where they find inspiration, and what they hope their work offers and represents for the queer community.

Allison Graham created her fashion and lifestyle blog, She Does Him, to explore and share her own perspective on breaking down the barriers that exist in traditional menswear. Born in Jamaica, she was originally inspired by her father’s personal style and has since adapted some of those pieces from her childhood into her current wardrobe. Now a proud Brooklyn resident, Graham is active on social media, using her platform to dismantle stereotypes about the Black and LGBTQIA+ community, specifically as they pertain to gender and identity. She spoke to Squarespace about how she’s committed to making sure her story and others are visible.