Call the paparazzi! The new issue of Outword, Pride Three, LGBTQ+ Icons is out now!675

The Oxford Dictionary defines an icon as such: A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of reverence.

Yes, the people who grace the cover of our latest issue are true icons, and they have used their platform and celebrity status to further the world’s acceptance of diversity, equality, and especially the LGBTQ+ community. The writing staff at Outword picked their favorite icon (or two) and we put together a piece to honor them all (pages 16-21).

Our LGBTQ+ heroes are not just famous people, though, as you’ll see on page 2 with a message from the United States Army Chief. Just as our military defends our country, it’s up to us to Protect Ourselves and Our Communities this Summer find out how on page 4.

On page 9, COVID-19 and its restrictions made for a lonely year for many folks. Christopher J. Beale reports on how, now that the shots are available, people are beginning to get together again in The Vaccine Summer of Love.

You may have read about Clarmundo Sullivan, one of the “Local LGBTQ+ Heroes” in our last issue. In this issue, you can find out more about the founder and Executive Director of Golden Rule Services (GRS), and his fight against justice disparities as well as HIV/AIDS in Sacramento’s POC communities on page 11.

Ready to travel again? The Sacramento International Airport can get you to the Heart of the Action on page 15.

There’s Latinx Love on the Big Screen with reviews from Chris Narloch on page 22, and a rundown of two documentaries for Pride Month on page 23.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center checks in on page 26 with some events going on for the end of Pride Month, you can celebrate your pride with new music from Lil Nas X, Todrick Hall, and Lady Gaga (page 28), and we’ve got a fun list of the Top 50 LGBTQ+ Anthems on page 29!

This being the “Icons” issue, some of the individuals that we would have also liked to showcase were Rachel Maddow, Harvey Milk, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Roberts and of course, Elton John, to name a few. Maybe next year we can include some of these people, and maybe more, new ones. By the way, Carl Nassib, you are amazing!

Stay tuned and continue having a truly wonderful Pride Month!

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