Perspectives on Fashion within the LGBTQ+ Community
Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Fashion is an essential form of expression for many people in the LGBTQ+ community. The fashion industry has continuously fought to use art as a way of freely expressing their creative and personal identities. Especially throughout recent years, world-renowned fashion designers, such as Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen, have brought attention to topics popular in LGBTQ+ culture, such as dandyism and androgyny, in the fashion community.
Fashion is a crucial way for many across the world to outwardly embrace their identities while also protesting the status quo. Seven queer men in Sydney spoke up about what their style reveals about their gender identity, and here are some of their responses:
Connor Cody, 23
Connor Cody said clothing helps him to express whatever mood he feels that day. He believes that fashion is about attitude – you can wear anything you want if you genuinely embody confidence and self-love in your style. As a trans femme gender-nonconforming male, he finds that clothing allows him to live and exist in mainstream society.
Jaycee Mentoor, 20
Through fashion, Jaycee Mentoor displays his creativity and personal identity while offering a new perspective on what society thinks about gender. He tries to be as creative as what he is wearing. Mentoor mentions that his fluid gender identity has shaped his love for pairing traditionally female clothes with pieces that would be considered more masculine. He finds beauty in the balance.
Liam Frappell, 21
Liam Frappell has never been bothered by how society views the way he dresses. Ever since he was a child, Liam incorporated dresses into his wardrobe, even though his peers weren't used to seeing boys wearing clothes traditionally associated with femininity. Liam has spent his entire life using style to transcend and challenge gender roles.