The Beauty President
Not many are aware of a piece of history that was made in the 1992 U.S. presidential race. A Black, openly queer drag queen named Joan Jett Blakk, ran a campaign as a write-in candidate. “If a bad actor can be elected president, why not a good drag queen?” was one of Blakk’s campaign slogans and she promised to make America “more fabulous, more fruitful and more glamorous.” Thirty years later, the male activist behind the persona, Terence Alan Smith, reflects back on this audacious bid to draw attention to LGBTQ+ rights and the AIDS crisis.
Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story
Ric Weiland was one of the first employees at Microsoft and had a brilliant and creative mind. A champion of gay rights, Weiland came out in the 1970s and used his wealth to create social change, donating more than 20 million dollars to fund more than 60 nonprofit organizations. Those efforts to establish representation and resources for the LGBTQ+ community continue to have a profound impact today, shaping the future of equality. Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story speaks to Weiland’s life and legacy, but also his mental struggles and personal demons, pulling back the curtain on the self-doubt and impostor-syndrome that weighed on a man who gave so much to the world around him.