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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Liz Gorny

Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. After graduating in Film from The University of Bristol, they worked freelance, writing for independent publications such as Little White Lies, INDIE magazine and design studio Evermade.

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