There’s a particular mainstream image that’s tied to LGBTQ+ pride. So often, it’s very white, very cisgender, and very gay-male with a backdrop of either New York or San Francisco. For young queer and trans Southerners, particularly those of color and from rural communities, there was a need for something that looked, sounded, and felt more like them.
Enter Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP), an Atlanta-based arts and advocacy organization that celebrates the unique perspective of Southern queerness. According to its website, its work and vision is “Cooked in the oils of our forequeers of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, the Stonewall Riots, ACT UP, and the many radical uprisings of years past, SFQP holds close to the political identity of being queer.”