2019 SXSW Film, State of Pride – Photo by Ziv Kruger

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SXSW 2019

To get ready for Austin Pride, we're taking a look back at the LGBTQ+ artists, filmmakers, and speakers who joined us in Austin last March including Kara Swisher, King Princess, PJ Raval, Laura Jane Grace, and more.

State of Pride – 2019 Documentary Spotlight
Raymond Braun at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival Documentary Spotlight, State of Pride.
Photo by Ziv Kruger
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Kara Swisher – 2019 Convergence Keynote
Kara Swisher, Recode editor-at-large and New York Times contributing opinion writer, interviewed comedian Kathy Griffin during their Convergence Keynote as well as Senator Amy Klobuchar in the Conversations About America’s Future series.

Swisher is also the 2017 SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame Honoree.

Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW
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King Princess – 2019 Showcasing Artist
King Princess enchanted crowds at the Ticketmaster Music Stubb's concert with her queer love anthems including her singles "1950" and "Talia."
Photo by Mike Jordan/Getty Images for SXSW
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SOAK – 2019 Showcasing Artist
The Northern Irish singer-songwriter sang songs off of her new second album Grim Town in which she explored her identity as a means of getting back in touch with her true self.
Photo by Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW
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PJ Raval – 2019 Film Keynote
Award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval discussed his storied career including Trinidad, Before You Know It, and Call Her Ganda – during the 2019 Film Keynote.
Photo by Adrianne Schroeder
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Black Belt Eagle Scout - 2019 Showcasing Artist
Driven by her identity as a radical, indigenous, queer, feminist, Black Belt Eagle Scout – aka Katherine Paul – is heavily influenced by her hometown in Northern Washington and her connection to the landscape and it's eerie beauty on first album Mother of My Children.
Photo by Errich Petersen
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Arlan Hamilton – 2019 Featured Speaker
KC Ifeanyi and Arlan Hamilton speak onstage during their Featured Session covering the competitive advantage of diversity and investing in startups with humanity.
Photo by Mike Jordan/Getty Images for SXSW
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Phillip Picardi, Alok Vaid-Menon, Leyna Bloom, and Robyn Exton
The group speaks onstage during "The Future is Fluid: How Gender and Sexuality Has Changed" at the 2019 Conference.
Photo by Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW
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The Garden Left Behind – 2019 World Premiere Narrative Feature
Cast and crew of the 2019 Narrative Feature, The Garden Left Behind, gather on the red carpet at the SXSW Film Festival premiere.
Photo by Benedict Jones
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Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers – 2019 Showcasing Artist & Featured Speaker
Grace has remained an influential cultural figure for over 20+ years by creating daring art over various mediums and courageously challenging people's conceptions of gender.
Photo by Justin Zamudio
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Jacob Tobia – 2019 Speaker
Jacob Tobia is a writer, producer, internet personality, and author with a mission to help others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth. Listen to Tobia's 2019 session F*&K Your Beauty Norms: The Power of Trans Beauty..
Photo by Dylan O'Connor
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Taylor Bennett – 2019 Featured Speaker & Showcasing Artist
Taylor Bennett is an artist, philanthropist, model, entrepreneur, songwriter, and producer. Bennett joined the "First Play to First Platinum: The Evolving Creator Journey" Featured Session as well as the Music Festival stage at SXSW 2019.
Photo by Miguel Esparza
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Claud – 2019 Showcasing Artist
Claud, formerly known as Toast, started out by making their debut EP in their dorm room and has since toured with The María’s, Clairo, Triathalon, and more. Recent singles include songs like "Wish You Were Gay."
Photo by Danny Vivian
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Why Can't I Be Me? Around You – 2019 World Premiere Documentary Feature
Russell “Rusty” Tidenberg attends the World Premiere of the Documentary Feature, Why Can't I Be Me? Around You at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.
Photo by Allison Garrigan
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State of Pride – 2019 Documentary Spotlight
Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman along with producers and crew take the red carpet at the World Premiere Documentary Spotlight, State of Pride.
Photo by Ziv Kruger
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