June is LGBT Pride Month, and Instagram wants you to celebrate with a colorful new sticker pack created by LGBTQ-identified artists from around the world—including two stickers from Houston-based queer artist Carra Sykes. You can also use a Pride-themed brush to draw a rainbow mustache or whatever else on your selfies.
Y'ALL!! I'm so excited and honored to share the stickers I got to illustrate for @instagram to be used with Stories during #Pride2017 🏳️🌈. Have y'all seen all of the stickers?! They are so cute and rad. Check them out and when they are posted on a story, click on them to see who created the sticker. I'm going to stick them on all of my stories!✨ While working on these stickers I kept thinking of a theme of "I am me, I am loved." Use your voice to promote and fight for equality and kindness. Thankful for all of the brave people in the LGBTQIA+ community paving the way and helping others/me be more brave. ♥️✨
The color scheme is a bit of a no-brainer, but Sykes said her contributions have a deeper meaning. A rainbow megaphone, for example, recognizes the invisible nature of queer identity.
"In response to the longstanding slogan 'Silence = Death,' this sticker encourages people to raise their voices and declare their identities," Sykes said in a release.
And the groovy eye sticker is a riff on the trans pride flag, foregrounding the oft-forgotten letter in LGBTQ.
"The blue, pink and white bands in the eye’s pupil make up the trans flag," Sykes said. "This sticker is meant to emphasize the cause of trans visibility, grounded in the notion of being seen and being loved."
So, next time you're brunching at Brasserie 19 and about to throw a picture of your eggs up on Instagram, consider opting for something other than the "yasss" sticker.