Culture Feature

15 Lesbian and Queer TikTok Creators for WLW to Follow

TikTok is basically Tinder for the gays.

After a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the app, it seems that the United States government will not ban TikTok—for now.

This information may mean very little to you if you were born before 2000, but for the millions of zoomers who have found a place for their wide array of interests and identities on TikTok, this is pretty huge news. Everyone knows about the power of TikTok teens to interrupt political proceedings and influence culture (Charlie D'Amelio has a Dunkin' Donuts drink named after her...), but did you know that there are thriving communities of LGBTQ+ people who use TikTok as a safe place to express themselves?

If you're a WLW, it's time you swallow your pride and download TikTok. Otherwise you just might miss out on developments in your own community. Here are our 15 favorite lesbian and queer TickTokers to celebrate TikTok remaining in the app store–for at least a little longer.

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TV Features

How "PEN15" Brilliantly Navigates Tween Sexism

Season two of the cringe-comedy series is available to stream now on Hulu.

There's the average, innocuous middle school sitcom...and then there's PEN15.

The cringe-comedy series premiered on Hulu in February 2019 to universally positive acclaim, receiving an Emmy nomination and a "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It stars real-life best friends Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as fictionalized versions of their 13-year-old selves, navigating the tumults of middle school alongside an impressive cast of actual middle schoolers. The second season of PEN15 only further affirms its status as arguably the most important sitcom in production right now.

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Music Features

Interview: Amidst Rising Fame, Sobhhï Is (Almost) Ready to Reveal His Identity

The Dubai-based R&B singer sat down with Popdust for his most transparent interview yet

Sobhhï says he feels that he's lived his life in a dissociative haze.

When asked to describe his inspirations, the R&B singer, who for years has purposefully kept his identity foggy, said people inspire him less than "sensations" do. "There are so many moments I didn't feel like I actually lived through," he said. "It feels as though the physical experiences happened quickly, but realization occurred [long after], the way thunder does after lightning."

The young lo-fi crooner curates music with a similar aesthetic. Shrouded in thick 808s and ethereal dream-pop samples, Sobhhï sounds as if he's floating, drugged-out at a party he knows he should be present for and enjoy. His diaphanous sound creates the feeling of an endless night, which is probably why he calls his imprint NUIT SANS FIN.

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