This week read about the first transgender person to appear on Vogue's cover, a rapper coming out as bisexual, and a lesbian athlete chasing her Paralympic dreams.
Ariel Nicholson Becomes First Trans Model on Vogue Cover
In the star-studded September issue of Vogue, Ariel Nicholson graces the cover alongside seven other models making her the first transgender cover star for the magazine.
The models were selected to represent “Generation America” ahead of the America-themed Met Gala taking place later in the month.
“I’ve been put in this box, ‘trans model,’” Nicholson told Vogue. “Which is what I am — but that’s not all that I am.”
Nicholson starred in the PBS documentary “Growing up Trans” and went on to sign to DNA Models shortly after. Since then, she has been featured in Italian Vogue and walked for Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein.
“Obviously it’s a big deal being the first trans woman on the cover of Vogue,” she continued. “But it’s also hard to say exactly what kind of big deal it is when the effects are so intangible.”
Rapper Aquinas Comes Out as Bisexual
Aquinas. Photo via Twitter.
South Korean rapper Aquinas recently came out as bisexual via Instagram.
He posted a picture of the bisexual flag with the words: “I’m a bisexual” written in English and Korean.
He later shared more details as to why he decided to come out in an interview with Korean news website SPOTV. He admitted that he only started to think about coming out via Instagram “about three or four hours before posting.” He said it was “frustrating to hide his sexuality from the public” and he wanted to give courage to queer fans by sharing his story.
“In our society, LGBT+ people are still discriminated against and criticized,” Aquinas told SPOTV. “I thought that if I made this confession at a young age, LGBT+ people would gain courage and be comforted.”
The rapper plans on writing songs about the LGBT community in the future to further support the community and raise awareness.
Ryen Reed Chases Her Paralympic Dreams
Ryen Reed. Photo via Facebook.
Ryen Reed is a multisport athlete with a passion for hand cycling. Although born with hip dysplasia and later diagnosed with spastic diplegia she has always been athletic and had a love for sports.
Reed came out as a lesbian in her teens and encountered homophobia during her athletic endeavors leading her to recloset herself for a short time. Earlier this year, Reed took third place in the paracycling trials for the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo but ultimately did not make the national team.
Undaunted, she went from the trials to Milwaukee to compete in a four-night race series called Tour of America’s Dairyland. She was successful and was the overall series winner putting her and her team in a good place for the Paracycling National Championships. Reed hopes her athletic career and setbacks inspire others to accomplish their personal goals.
Her advice: “Be yourself. Just live your life the way you want to live.”
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.