ABOUT REVEL & RIOT
The primary objective of Revel & Riot is to promote LGBTQ rights, awareness and equality through new media, graphics, writing, and products on the internet.
The most prominent gay graphics (the rainbow flag and pink triangle) are classic standards, though we have barely taken them beyond the confines of their own geometry since the late 1970s. Revel & Riot aims to create art that challenges (and respectfully updates) the narrow field of LGBTQ merchandising and adds to the domain of LGBTQ art and design. The struggles of LGBTQ people today encompass countless intersecting and overlapping issues and oppressions (marriage equality, hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, feminism, poverty, suicide, the rise of religious fundamentalism, transphobia, racism, immigration equality, etc). We believe that it is crucial to acknowledge, respect and build community around these overlapping and parallel struggles and to fight against all forms of oppression. As LGBTQ visibility grows, so does the discernible diversity of our movement. LGBTQ people and allies of all ages, cultures, gender expressions and backgrounds seek art and ideas that reflect the fluidity and evolution of their struggles and their style.
Revel & Riot also provides comprehensive news coverage, extensive resources, an LGBT community organization database, educational materials and supplies for people who want to raise awareness and promote LGBT equality in their own communities. Our resource listing is an attempt to make the search for LGBTQ websites and organizations fast and easy, as well as free of hateful propaganda, dead links and outdated information. Additionally, percentage of all merchandise sales go to LGBTQ organizations and campaigns. (see the organizations we support in our resources section)
The duality of LGBTQ life inspires the company approach, as well as the format of the news portion of our site. Revel and riot; parade and protest; joyful and incensed – we celebrate love and life, yet none of us are untouched by frustrating, painful, and often terrifying homophobia, transphobia, hate, ignorance and violence. In our reporting we make a distinction between ‘revel’ topics (i.e. parties, parades, festivals, art, music, pop culture, legal battles won, inspiring stories) and ‘riot’ topics (i.e. exposing homophobes, protests, campaigns, suicides, hate crimes, topics that call us to action) to emphasize these contrasts and draw attention to the continued need for social activism. Revel & Riot aims to be a living collection of LGBTQ inspiration in the fight against all forms of oppression.
ee storey, founder
sarah fobes, founder