It's not that hard to express how gay you are through Instagram: the number of accounts bursting with shirtless selfies containing the caption "#gay #gayboy #boy" is, in our estimation, equivalent to the populations of three mid-sized European nations combined. But it's always nice to add colorful stickers to one's postings, and for those of us who want to express Pride in a manner that doesn't necessitate the exposure of our nipples, there's a new alternative: Instagram has unveiled a series of Pride stickers for all your queer needs.
There's everything you'd expect: rainbows, a megaphone, the word, "queer," spelled out in rainbow font--and then there's stickers we only imagined in our wildest dreams: someone giving their life to the dancefloor (and potentially injuring their back in the process), an eyeball with a heart instead of a pupil, and a person with bangs covering one eye, holding up a watermelon-shaped rainbow. The queer update also features a rainbow paintbrush you can use to draw on your Instagram story.
Instagram has employed the help of several LGBTQ artists from around the world in the creation of all six new stickers, including Madrid's Jose Antonio Roda, London's Josh McKenna, Houston's Carra Sykes, and Brooklyn's Rooney and Cute Brute. Users can tap on the stickers to discover who created them, and a second tap leads to #Pride2017, the official hashtag of Pride Month.
As part of its Pride campaign, Instagram will also be partnering with muralists to transform Instagrammable walls in Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Nashville and Cleveland. The iconic pink wall outside Paul Smith's LA location will be painted rainbow, as shown by the digital mock-up, below.