Interviews with Kim Petras, Shangela, Bobby Berk and more LGBTQIA+ stars for Pride Month

While this year’s Pride Month has certainly looked a lot different than years past, the LGBTQIA+ community still found inspiring and innovative ways to celebrate how far we’ve come this year, all while honoring our past.

The month started with Black Lives Matter protests dominating the conversation, and these demands for racial justice served as a reminder — or even a realization for many — that a lot of the freedoms that LGBTQIA+ people now enjoy were earned in part by trans women of color Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and others who were trailblazers of the gay liberation movement.

Not only that, but discussions of police brutality, the continued murders of Black trans women and other remaining injustices that Black people within the community face, served as stark reminders that we have a long way to go.

These were topics that In The Know’s Gibson Johns touched upon while interviewing LGBTQIA+ celebrities throughout Pride Month, including pop star Kim Petras, all-star drag queens Shangela and Heidi N Closet, E! host Justin Sylvester and “Queer Eye” design expert Bobby Berk.

As June comes to a close, we’ve rounded up these interviews in hopes that we can continue these important conversations beyond Pride Month:

Bobby Berk

Kim Petras

Justin Sylvester


Heidi N Closet

Rickey Thompson

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