To celebrate pride, online video network and development studio The Front teamed up with stylist Phil Gomez for “Queerstory,” a series of trading cards and posters featuring 10 LGBTQI personalities through history. Photographed by Parker Day, the portraits feature models styled after various historical figures including Mexican painter and avowed bisexual Frida Khalo, political activist and drag queen José Sarria, French national heroine Joan of Arc, playwright Oscar Wilde, openly lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King and trans and AIDS activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, Greek poet Sappho, transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen, entertainer Josephine Baker and artist Andy Warhol.
Queerstory for The Front
Photography: Parker Day
Art Direction and Produced: Phil B. Gomez
Co-Produced by: Dorian Electra
Hair and Makeup: Ally McGillicuddy
Stylist’s Assistant/Tailor: Mark Monroe
Graphic Design: Camilo Medina
A bisexual entertainer and Civil Rights activist who was known for her boundary-pushing, sexually open performances that helped define the Art Deco age. She refused to perform to racially segregated audiences and spoke next to Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963.
Model: Salima Allen
Popular Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, poet, and dandy who paved the way for gay visibility in the arts. He was charged with sodomy and “gross indecency” in 1895 in a highly publicized trial that resulted in his imprisonment for two years.
Model: Mood Killer
Joan of Arc
A national heroine of France who, at 18, led the French army to victory over the English in the Hundred Years’ War. A year later, she was burned at the stake for cross-dressing in men’s body armor.
Model: Bebe Huxley
Billie Jean King
First openly lesbian tennis player who pushed for equal prize money for women. She beat the No. 1 male tennis player in a match known as “The Battle of the Sexes” in 1973.
American political activist and drag queen from San Francisco, California who, in 1961, became the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States.
Mexican painter and avowed bisexual who is regarded as an icon for the Chicanx, feminist and LGBTQ movements. She was married to famous muralist Diego Rivera, but had several relationships with women, including Josephine Baker.
Model: Marta BeatChu
Marsha P. Johnson
Trans activist, AIDS activist, sex worker and drag queen who was among the first to fight back against police during the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
Model: Miss Pvssy
American artist who led the Pop Art movement starting in the late ’50s through the ’80s. His sexuality deeply influenced his work, which introduced the public to queer themes and gay culture on a large scale.
Model: Dorian Electra