As the global pandemic has forced many of us to stay home, the online world has grown massively.
Now more than ever we turn to our fellow LGBTQ online family for inspiration, advice, and tips from everything from fitness, fashion, family planning, relationships, and even money-saving tips.
Travel too – let’s not forget that one!
Whilst our ability to travel has been severely hampered, it’s only a matter of time before we can safely travel the world again.
Our wanderlust remains as strong as it has ever been, with or without a global pandemic – so a special big up to our fellow gay travel bloggers out there!
In this article, we’ve put together some of our favorite gay blogs we love following.
To be clear, we’re only focusing on ‘first-person voice’ website based blogs that specifically feature a particular personality, writing about LGBTQ issues, and are updated frequently.
This list is by no means comprehensive and we’ve probably left out heaps…if you think we have, let us know in the comments below and we’ll take it into account when we come to update this article next year!
1. My Fabulous Disease – HIV blog
Mark S. King is an award-winning blogger, author, speaker, and HIV/AIDS activist who has lived with HIV since 1985.
Mark’s posts about his life are frank and open, dealing with the hard realities of gay life that LGBTQ people still face, from homophobic slurs to HIV-positive stigma within the gay community.
We enjoy reading Mark’s takes on current events, often snarky but always well written and honest. Aside from his blog, My Fabulous Disease, he was also awarded the 2020 Journalist of the Year award by NLGJA (the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association) and often speaks in public about HIV issues.
Along with his opinions and openness about being HIV-positive, Mark speaks openly about his struggles with drug addiction too.
We don’t want to just say his honesty is inspiring because it’s more than that. His writing and videos help plenty of other people so for that, we applaud him.
2. My Son Wears Heels – Transgender family blog
Julie Tarney is an author, speaker, consultant, trainer, and mother of a non-binary child. Her book “My Son Wears Heels” details how she had to learn and adapt to raising a child when her son told her at age two “Inside my head, I’m a girl”. The way Julie reacted to this, continually looking to learn how she could support her child before terms like transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary were really used, is pretty extraordinary.
Today Julie travels around the US and helps businesses to create more welcoming, supporting, and trans-inclusive workplaces.
She also writes a fantastic blog with all sorts of helpful advice for other parents of LGBTQ children, like things your LGBTQ child needs you to know, as well as practical advice for how to be a year-round LGBTQ ally.
3. Nomadic Boys – Gay travel blog
When we began our Nomadic Boys gay travel blog back in 2013, there were very few good online LGBTQ resources, especially covering Asia.
What began as an online weblog diary of our trip as a gay couple around Asia has since morphed into one of the most recognizable online gay travel resources.