LGBTQIA+ activist typeface Queering launches hopeful, inclusive update

The font continues to raise money for Ali Forney Center, a 24-hour programme which works to protect LGBTQIA+ youth from homelessness.

26 April 2023

Designer Adam Naccarato has launched a considerable revamp of Queering, a font which launched in 2022 and celebrated the legacy of queer activism through type. The designer’s goal with Version 2.0 is to add more inclusivity and a larger library of glyphs. The update also launches as a way to continue the conversation sparked with the first Queering and bring LGBTQIA+ design to the forefront as bans on drag performances and anti-trans bills continue to sweep America – 512 bills are currently being tracked in 2023.

The update consists of an entirely reimagined Queering, with three new weights and Latin Extended and Cyrillic support. Adam has also added a new set of glyphs which will continue to expand over time, alongside further language support. This feature was a crucial element of the original font; Queering has also sought to progress alongside LGBTQIA+ language. “It’d be amazing to look back at Queering and see it evolve as culture does,” says Adam.

On the importance of Queering now, Adam states: “I think particularly in America right now, there’s a lot of divisiveness in terms of LGBTQIA+ representation and inequality. We’re protesting, making our voices heard as much as possible, and art and design can play an important role in that. Typography plays a special role in getting a feeling across. I also think there’s a lot of queer joy in the world, and I wanted this refresh to feel more positive and hopeful.”

As with the last Queering, the font is open source and pay-what-you-feel – all profits go to the New York-based non-profit Ali Forney Center.

GalleryAdam Naccarato: Queering Version 2.0 (Copyright © Adam Naccarato, 2023)

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Adam Naccarato: Queering Version 2.0 (Copyright © Adam Naccarato, 2023)

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