Pride means many things to LGBTQIA+ communities across the country. From celebrating our identities and our experiences, to self and community affirmations, Pride is a moment to be exactly who we are—and we are Unstoppable Together. It is an expression of liberation, a protest against oppressions, and a remembrance of our queer and trans families, elders, and ancestors. 

Most Pride-centric initiatives don’t authentically speak to LGBTQIA+ communities and ignore our lived realities beyond the frame of “coming out” and Pride parades. We believe Pride Powers Our Future, so we’ve teamed up with T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and Complex to celebrate Pride 3-6-5 with a video series highlighting the voices of LGBTQIA+ changemakers. We are elevating their stories and perspectives beyond June because we’re queer and trans 365 days a year. 

Our next changemaker is Serpentwithfeet (he/him), an LA-based experimental artist whose second studio album, DEACON, was released this year. Drawing from both gospel and R&B influences, Serpentwithfeet’s latest project is particularly atmospheric, romantic, and idyllic. A perfect tone infused with joy that highlights Black queer love at a time when it feels most necessary. 

Serpentwithfeet
Image via Kazz Laidlaw

In this second Pride 3-6-5 feature, Serpentwithfeet tells us what Pride means to him, the importance of LGBTQIA+ community, and how queer and trans youth can center themselves throughout the year.

Catch every Pride 3-6-5 feature across Complex, Wear Your Voice, and T-Mobile’s channels, and learn more about our first changemaker, Tunde Olaniran here. Be sure to stay tuned for more of our exciting, groundbreaking guests! 

You can find Serpentwithfeet across all streaming platforms, and support his work here.

In Partnership with: Wear Your Voice 

Video Credits: Producer: Hope Harris/Lolaworks; Music: Tomu DJ; Images: Kadeem Johnson, Heather Mount, Tanushree Rao, Oliver Cole, Edgar Chaparro; Performance Footage: Serpentwithfeet and EQT.