"Last year was the first year we held Pride At Home on a full sim, and simply people watching was something else. The amount of diversity and joy, especially within the first busy couple of days, was really amazing to see." — Tinker Hax
"Being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Second Life has been huge for me. It has allowed me to explore and find myself in a safe, supportive space that I did not necessarily have 100% in the real world. Many of my friends have had a similar experience, where we find ourselves unable to be completely true to who we are in the real world for various reasons."
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"In my real life, I have to play a role that is not me... where I hide myself and act like someone who is not me. Second Life allowed me to be me, and meet so many people who I can share things with freely. It allowed me to make friends and family who know who I really am — and really love me. It makes me feel like a human: no matter who I love, or who I chose to be with. When I wear my rainbows or hold my rainbow flag, I'm so happy and free." — NaaNaaPink
For me, being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Second Life is important for it is welcoming to everyone from around the world. It's a safe space for the transgender community especially."
“My avatar is a self expression of my ideal self and has the wardrobe to match! In real life, I am typically feminine, and my avatar represents that too. I'm one of many LGBTQ creators in SL and am lucky enough that I get to make all the clothes I personally want to wear!” — Coral Lacey
The LGBTQ+ community has made large strides in the past 15+ years; one of them being a growing presence on the internet and in the metaverse. Second Life has provided a rich and immersive platform in which we (the LGBTQ+ community) have been able to come together, create, build friendships, share experiences and talk about the topics that shape our everyday lives; both digitally and otherwise."
Find LGBTQ+ events happening year round in Second Life.
"Second Pride is probably the most central and informative destination for all LGBTQ+ covering two regions with shops, information kiosks and events throughout the year." — Sheree Honeyflower
"At Metro City, we welcome the LGBTQ+ community and its allies by way of providing an all inclusive, non restrictive or discriminating safe space where we come together to live, work, attend events, talk and grow. We started as a small group and have turned into a thriving, active community where everyone is family." — Aesu Morningstar
"One event that will always stick with me actually involves the reading of the names of those lost to us on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a memorial service we have at the Transgender Hate Crimes and Suicide Memorial once a year on November 20 to honor members of the trans community that were lost to violence because of the fact that they were different." — Arylin Zuta
"I enjoy the Pride celebrations in SL. It is nice to be able to get out and listen to good music while in the presence of people who are like you. It is always uplifting to see that you are not alone." — Arylin Zuta
The biggest shopping destination aggregator on the internet held its annual SeraPride event in Second Life this past June, working together with the community to raise funds for Rainbow Railroad: a charity dedicated to ensuring the safety of LGBTQIA+-identifying people. It was a day packed with fundraising and festivities, featuring SeraPRIDE IDOL, drag race, raffles, and more.
I have seen people become comfortable with who they are in their own skin from the support they receive in the LGBTQ+ community. To watch people grow within themselves and take that initial step to just be who they are is wonderful."
I have been out and proud for a long time in my RL, but during my 15 years of being a part of SL, I've met many people who have shared their stories with me. Some finding themselves, some exploring, some only being able to live out who they truly are in Second life due to varying circumstances.
Second Life has saved my life in a lot of ways. I'm from a conservative quiet town on the South Coast of England and being myself was pretty much out of the question as a kid. I struggled with my gender identity and Second Life gave me a means to explore that.
Looking for LGBTQ+ friendly spots in the virtual world Second Life? Here's a list of places to hang out and meet people in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
Being a part of SL LGBTQ community means a lot to me since I live in an Arabic country where I can't show who truly I am. In Second Life, I'm me — simple as that. It's where I am not afraid to be judged. I feel normal.
"We are creators, we are builders, we are dancers, we are artists, we are poets, we are philosophers, we are gamers, we are doctors, we are whatever we choose to be. We are gay, we are lesbian, we are bisexual, we are asexual, we are transgender, we are straight but not narrow, we are whatever we choose to be. We are feelings behind the pixels, we are love!” — Tabitha Littlepaws, Owner of Christopher Street
Christopher Street is a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community to come together, connect, and be themselves. This destination is a friendly place to meet like-minded people — and a great place to call home. It currently has free apartments and free storefronts. Inquire within!
Discover a world of LGBTQ+ friendship, family, and love in Second Life.
"The LGBTQI+ community of Second Life is full of creative and talented people who all strive for acceptance in the heteronormative world. We come from all walks of life and represent all kinds of people. Because of this, we can rely on one another for support and doing so only tightens our bonds. I love this community and I want to see it thrive." — Aesu Morningstar
“I couldn't ask for a better support system than the LGBTQ community in SL, whether that's real world or virtually, we are a family."
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