We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re underrepresented. And I’m done with it. So here it is: SPARKEL. You’ll have to picture the glitter confetti and pink/orange balloons yourself.
Charli XCX is playing in the background as I write this, angel in the clouds, rain down, best believe it: we are dreamers. Funny how some times, all puzzle pieces fit together. Funnier even how most of the time, they don’t. But we keep going; inspirational music on, chin up, mind open. We got this.
The first update on a new platform. No turning back now, we’re doing this. So, tell me again, what exactly is it we’re doing? I’ll let you know when I find out. For now, you can write down: ‘everything’. We’re doing everything. No boundaries, no judgment, no pressure. We do what we want and we do it for us. For Us. For the community. For the world, why not, dream big, shoot for the moon and maybe you’ll get off the ground. Try it, you’ll only know what you like if you give yourself the space to try, and fail, and try again.
Intimate, up close and queersonal
I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. I wear it everywhere. On my face, around my neck, across my waist, in my ears, in my room, out the door, on the streets. What you see is what you get. What you get is not what you had in mind. Expect the unexpected, allow yourself to be surprised. That oversized jeans jacket and the pink tiara go awfully well together.
Strike a pose, or don’t. Allow your true self to shine through, in whatever way possible. If you’re not okay with going all the way, that’s fine, no pressure, take your time, you are loved here. We are here for you. As intimate or as distant as you want. A platform, a community, a band, a clique, a gang, a squad. A family. Not bound by blood but by love, by choice. We are here for you.
Intimate, analogue, up close. No cover, no edit, straight from the camera, this is it. The beginning. Of what? Oh honey, guess we’re all about to find out together. Welcome to SPARKEL.
Pictures by Louis Kerckhof