June is almost upon us and people across the U.S. are preparing for LGBTQ Pride Month. In honor of this celebration, iHorror is gearing up for our second annual Pride series.

Horror Pride Month is our way of spotlighting those queer filmmakers, writers, actors and more who have and continue to help shape the genre we horror fans love.

This year’s celebration will feature interviews with authors, directors, makeup designers, and actors while also digging into the history of the genre to bring to light those who have contributed in the past.

In case some of you are worried, no this doesn’t mean that’s all we will be publishing in June. Horror Pride Month will not replace our regular coverage, but will instead, appear alongside it.

“Sometimes I feel like the ‘Real World’ is scarier than fiction. I’m happy to be a part of a team that’s building a safe escape-even if it’s just for a few minutes-where everyone is welcomed. Our only goal, from the beginning, has been to entertain and inform,” iHorror founder and CEO Anthony Pernicka said. “It doesn’t matter your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or political views, iHorror welcomes everyone who loves our favorite genre. Doing a series like this one is just a way of reminding our readers of that fact. We don’t care if it costs ‘likes’ or ‘unfollows.’ It’s more important to me and the entire iHorror team that we’re creating a family of friends and fans that know they are welcome. Trolls will not be fed here.”

Horror Pride Month was born from this idea that inclusion, diversity, equality, and representation matter within the genre. While it may seem strange to some, normalized representation in horror is important.

There are young horror fans across the U.S. and around the world right now who are realizing that they are different than their peers. They are looking for their place in the world, and knowing that people like themselves are creating the content they love matters. Seeing themselves, without coding or suggestion, portrayed in the genre they love matters.

It is my deepest hope that this series not only bolsters their confidence and reassures them they are not alone but also inspires them to write, direct, act, and create stories that will bring new life to the genre.

Join us beginning June 1, 2019 for Horror Pride Month!