Lacey Baker is the 26-year-old queer skateboarder, revered for championing gender equality in a traditionally straight, male-dominated sport. As an important voice in today's LGBTQ community, Baker is honoring Pride month with a powerful print, photographed by Samuel McGuire to benefit the onePULSE Foundation. The image features Baker mid-skate, holding a handmade flag of rainbow smoke flares, inspired by Gilbert Baker's original design.
"I was talking with Lacey Baker about the idea when she told me her friend had his coming out party at the club that night and luckily was one of the survivors however some of his friends weren't," McGuire said. "I knew the photo had to be with Lacey and so we teamed up to make this photo. Our goal is to raise $4,900 dollars for Pulse Orlando onePULSE Foundation foundation to help set up a memorial, as well as many other needs for those affected."
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According to the onePULSE website, the foundation was established to "create a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in American history, which honors the 49 lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, the affected survivors and the first responders and healthcare professionals who cared for the victims." Donations to onePULSE help support the construction and maintenance of the official memorial and a future museum, which will showcase historic artifacts and stories from the event.
As a tribute, McGuire's stunning prints are available for purchase online in a range of sizes, starting at $10 and capping at $100. "Be proud every month, but especially this month," McGuire said, offering Baker as a powerful reminder of your unwavering queer pride. Click here to purchase.