In a few days, it will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, As we remember those who fought and struggled to give us the rights that we enjoy today, we should also remember that many of our LGBTQ+ family members around the world are still struggling.

Here are a few LGBTQ+ non-profit organization to consider donating to this Pride Month.

It’s Pride month, so it’s time to celebrate by combining two things that identify me: cosplay and queerness! What better way to celebrate than by showing off some of the beautiful LGBTQ cosplayers out there in some of our favorite ships?

So here are, in no particular order, ten gorgeous cosplays that celebrate queerness and queer ships. Please be sure to give the cosplayers a little love!

Beloved readers, this is my last article for The Collective this month, and in continuing my celebration of all things fandom and LGBTQA Pride, I’ve compiled a list (with special thanks to some awesome Twitter followers) of the most kick-ass LGBTQ+ couples in the comic verses.

It’s been a long, slow road to getting the LGBTQ+ community representation in comics that was more than subtext and not edited out of the finished product (as was the case for many characters). As a child, I probably couldn’t tell you the name of one gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender character, and now I’m having a difficult time narrowing down this list to less than ten (Iceman, Catwoman, Batwoman, Constantine, Northstar…etc.). This list was inspired by the immense popularity of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, and also because, for me, everything this month is about Pride.

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Midnighter and Apollo (DC Comics)

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Introduced in 1998, Midnighter and Apollo have often been hailed as characters that parallel Batman and Superman, but Midnighter is a bit more sociopathic, and both are a bit more foul-mouthed. Even more notable is that they were one of the first openly gay couples to exist in the DC Comics verse. Unlike other comic characters who came out after years in the closet, and many of their stories depicting struggling with their sexuality, Midnighter and Apollo’s sexualities were a part of their comic depictions from the beginning, eventually marrying and adopting a daughter together, making them a badass gay superhero couple with a family.

(And yes, I know all about what happened in the 2015 Midnighter solo comics and it is, as this blogger says, “a copout.” Midnight & Apollo 5ever.)

It’s Pride month, and for me, that usually means I celebrate my identity with lots of rainbow, glitter, and mooning over Lena Headey in Imagine Me & You. Okay, maybe not the glitter, because it’s messy, but definitely rainbows and Lena Headey. In fact, it was movies like that one and Kissing Jessica Stein that helped me figure some things out. Of course, it took me a lot longer than that to figure out I was the B in LGBT. I will not speak for anyone else, but this is why representation is important to me: being able to see someone like me onscreen really pushed me toward learning about and accepting my sexuality.

So in support of pride, representation, and just some delish eye candy, here are a few characters known to enjoy the company of both men and women.

Eretria, The Shannara Chronicles

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Shannara on MTV

Eretria (Ivana Baquero) is a charming, rogue that seems to be destined to end up in the pages of a romance novel–either as feisty woman won over by a nobleman or as the dashing rake who rescues the princess in distress. Truth be told, I’d read both of those books, because I adore Eretria. And Ivana Baquero, who is the newest love of my life.

Sarah Manning, Orphan Black

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I’m not sure I can say anything about Sarah Manning’s casual bisexual reveal that my beloved Jay Jaqobis hasn’t already said in their post last week about queer summer television. Although, I suppose I could add in a f**k yeah.

Clarke, The 100

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My first experience with The 100 was at WonderCon 2016, which was, unfortunately, only a short while after Clarke’s (Eliza Taylor) female love interest, Lexa, met a tragic, and controversial, death. The controversy (and the Mutineer) piqued my interest in the show, and a Netflix binge will commence in 3, 2, 1…

Annalise Keating, HTGAWM

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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a compelling character not only because of her many, many secrets, but also because she is multi-faceted and fits no stereotype. So when it was revealed in the beginning of season 2 that her prior lover was none other than Famke Janssen? I swooned and then I cheered.

Ethan Chandler, Penny Dreadful

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Okay, so we all kinda knew that Dorian Gray was gonna be bi or pansexual in the supernatural British series Penny Dreadful. More surprising (and delightful, let’s be honest) is that Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), the hot cowboy werewolf, also plays for both teams. Let the gif above speak volumes about my interest in the show.

**Spoilers ahead for Supernatural**