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To mark the LGBTQ+ month here in Britain and Black History Month for those in the USA, Hugo Boss enlisted us to highlight some of the game-changing activists and Influencers supporting socio-political movements in the UK from Trans rights,  the #BlackLivesMatter movement to pushing gender queer narratives. The 5 piece interview shot for Hugo Boss has been launched successfully on socials by FGUK Magazine receiving more than 50K clicks in the first 24h and received support and enthusiasm by the LGBTQ+ and #POC community.

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 @Shayukii

My name is Shay Ross. I am currently an art student in Newcastle.  

How do you express yourself? 

I express myself in many ways, from painting on fruit to colour coordination on my Instagram with looks and makeup, and just anything that makes me happy, to be honest.  

 What impact do you hope to have on other people? 

For the people that I do have an impact on, I just want it to be a very positive, loving experience. I want them to always know that they can come to me and be safe. And if I don’t, then that’s fine.  

 What do you do to keep yourself inspired? 

I make sure I get out of the house, get some fresh air, and look at the actual world around me. I am inspired by nature and the world I live in, reconnecting with real life really helps keep the inspiration going.

 What do you hope for the future of the LGBTQ+ community? 

I hope for the future of the LGBTQ+ community, that there are no more labels or categorisation. I want it to be blended with everybody else’s experience. I just want pure love and connection with every single person on this planet.

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@Nadineartois

 I’m Nadine Artois, I’m a DJ, cultural consultant and I also run a collective called Pussy Palace. 

What is your connection with your heritage? 

My heritage is quite complicated because I am a South Asian, Pakistani, but brought up in Glasgow.

What is Pussy palace? 

Pussy palace is a collective that prioritises the experiences of queer, trans and intersex people of colour. We do this by holding space once a month at a club night, and we also run workshops. We also have something called the sanctuary, where we go into festivals and create safer spaces for LGBTQ+  people and also women.  

 What inspires you? 

I’m not inspired by very many people, apart from myself and my immediate community who are all doing some really cool things. I think it’s better to have healthy competition with yourself than with other people.  

 Who do you hope to inspire? 

The young baby queers who are coming into Pussy Palace, who are in my presence often. I’m providing them with things that I didn’t have when I was their age. They’re who I want to stand up for.

 How can we stop people from being labeled? 

 Labels are really important to me actually, they’ve helped me figure out the areas of my identity that I’ve always struggled with. The problem with labels is that people put people into them, and they don’t tend to humanise them outside of that – and that’s where my issue lies.  

 

What do you hope for the future of the LGBTQ+ community? 

Freedom, positivity, celebration, and the chance of fulfilled life that they deserve, that so many other people get to.

Do you see yourself as masculine and feminine? 

Neither. Masculinity and femininity to me really just blend into each other quite freely, it just depends on the moment of how I feel in the day. To people I come across as quite feminine, but that’s not really how I see myself. It’s an area of my identity that I battle with all the time. I don’t really know what masculinity and femininity really are.  

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@Alecking101

My name is Alec King. I am a model, a student, I work in TV and I make music.

How has your heritage impacted who you are today? 

My heritage has always felt kind of distant. I turned to art and found people in that community who also felt the same as me in terms of being absent from their heritage, and I guess I’ve just grown from there.

Who or what inspires you? 

My mum inspires me every single day, she’s the reason I’m here today. But creatively, it’s definitely FKA twigs. She just pushes this futurism and her own self-love. It’s admirable to me.  

 What gives you pride? 

 The belief that my friends and family always feel like I’m going to do more. They believe in the person that I will be, but also the person that I am now.

 What would you like to see for the future of the LGBTQ + community? 

 Just growth. We live in such a luxurious time and I don’t think we even realise it. 30 years ago, we couldn’t be living how we are now, and in another 30 years, I think I’d like to see the same amount of astronomical growth. 

When you’ve had a bad day what keeps you going? 

 My amazing friends that I have here in this beautiful city. Moving to London was one of the scariest times of my life and they’ve just made it so much better.  

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@Theplasticboy

My name is Gary Thompson and I am a beauty/lifestyle blogger. 

What is it like being a person of colour in the UK? 

 I’ll say being a person of colour in the UK can be quite difficult, especially being both gay and black. It has its ups and downs; you can use it to your advantage. We have our own kind of battle, but I will say that you are part of two great communities here (in the UK).  

What is your connection with your heritage? Has it influenced who you are today? 

My dad’s side is from Kingston and my mum is from Barbados. It does influence me in certain aspects such as my work life. I look back to where my parents are from and it keeps me who I am. 

Have you ever been given a piece of advice that you feel is worth sharing? 

You should always use your disadvantage to your advantage.  

What impact do you hope to have on other people? 

I want to inspire them to be who they are and to never dim yourself down to please anyone else. Never be scared to be your true self, and if you have a dream, just do it. Believe in yourself and take the first step. 

What keeps you going on a bad day? 

I look back at things I’ve written down and goals that I thought I’d never be able to achieve. I look back and see the ticks, even though I felt like I would never be able to achieve it.   

 What inspires you? 

 My friends inspire me because we’re all in the same industry. When I see them doing things and working consistently, it inspires me to do that too. I set myself 3 goals a day in the morning and I make it a priority to complete them.  

How did you get to where you are now? 

 When I was at uni, I looked for people that looked like me – guys that wore makeup and did tutorials, but I found that there wasn’t any. I felt like there was no one to inspire the younger me, so I decided to create YouTube videos. I felt that there were a lot of people commenting and saying that I had given them a lot of help. I created an Instagram and it blew from there really. L’Oréal approached me to be in their true match foundation campaign, and I was one of the first boys in the UK to be in a major cosmetics campaign. I think from then I just began to inspire young black boys that they can be in beauty.

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@iamkej

 I am Kenny Ethan-Jones. I’m a model, Trans activist, and entrepreneur.

 What gives you pride? 

 Knowing that I’ve changed the world in my own little way. 

 Do you think that labels can oppress people? Are they important to you? 

 I think labels are important. I think it helps give people a home, but I think it’s almost just as important that they aren’t judged by them. 

 How do you express yourself? 

 I personally express myself throughout my activism and all my business ventures. They’re all meant to serve people. 

 How do you think we can educate and teach the next generation to stop LGBTQ+ phobia? 

 To put a stop to transphobia, I think it’s important to have a conversation around being trans. This will help create an understanding, and people will see we’re “normal”, like everybody else.

Have you got a message or any advice that you would like to share? 

 Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Someone will love and praise you for it.

#iamHUGO