A Living History of the LGBT Movement

A Living History of the LGBT Movement is a piece all about visibility and safe spaces in our society. rezonate created a world that was grounded in the reality of being in the LGBT community during a time of suppression, while also illustrating the hope and idealism of the heroes that shaped the community into what it is today.


Creative Direction




Sound Design




AARP + NextDayBetter

Pride Festivals today represent joy and freedom of expression, but this wasn’t always the case; for the path to love and acceptance was paved with grief, anger, justice, and a strong desire to live freely.

Working together with AARP and NextDayBetter, rezonate created a World that communicates hope amidst fear, love amidst hate, and pride amidst oppression.

Through illustrating the Living History of the LGBT Movement, rezonate paid homage to the LGBTQIA+ elderly who lived in times of prejudice & strife, and are facing an endemic of invisibility today.

From script to screen, the creation of this project was a highly collaborative process between a diverse cast of writers, directors and producers from NextDayBetter, AARP, and rezonate, many of which were part of the LGBTQIA+ community. This is to make sure that the film will not only be visually appealing and historically accurate, but to also convey a message of hope, love, and acceptance even in a history mired with hate and intolerance.

To pay homage to the trailblazers that fought a system of suppression and intolerance, rezonate created a visual language of revolt. In line with this, many of the design elements are in reference to protest paraphernalia, from the typography to the transitions to the color palette.

The flowing of smoke and water is consistent in each frame to show the concept of “gender fluidity”. The colors shift from Darkness, to Dawn, to Pride, representing the suppression the community faced at the time. As the film progresses, each chapter adds a new color, until an explosion of the whole spectrum is seen. Representing the warmth and vividness of life desired by many of the members of the community, and is being fought for until now.

At the center stage are the heroes and their cathartic moments highlighting how each spark contributed to changing the course of their lives along with the LGBT community.

At the center stage are the heroes and their cathartic moments highlighting how each spark contributed to changing the course of their lives along with the LGBT community.

Today’s LGBTQIA+ elderly were yesterday’s heroes. It is now the duty of the new generation to uphold the civil rights the elderly LGBTQIA+ community have fought and paid dearly for. AARP remembers and shares the legacy of these heroes to make sure their stories are not forgotten and that the current and future generation can continue to stand for their fellow members today.

To know more about AARP’s initiatives in supporting the LGBT community, visit aarp.org/pride

Cast of Queens

Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio is an American drag queen, comedian, and actor. She is best known for winning the sixth season of the reality competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2014. Bianca Del Rio's sharp wit, sarcastic humor, and impeccable comedic timing endeared her to fans and made her a standout contestant on the show.

Laganja Estranja

Laganja Estranja is an American drag queen, choreographer, and cannabis activist. She rose to fame on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 6. Her distinctive style of movement and over-the-top personality made her a memorable and polarizing figure on the show.

Sasha Velour

Sasha Velour is an American drag queen, artist, and activist. Best known for winning the ninth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2017. Sasha Velour gained recognition for her avant-garde and thought-provoking drag performances. She is known for incorporating elements of visual art, storytelling, and conceptual themes into her acts.

Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon is an American drag queen, singer, and actor. Best known for winning the fifth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2013. Jinkx Monsoon gained popularity for her impressive vocal abilities, comedic timing, and theatrical performances. She often incorporates live singing into her drag acts, showcasing her talent as a singer and performer.

Trixie Mattel

Trixie Mattel is an American drag queen, singer-songwriter, and television personality. Best known for her appearance on the seventh season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2015 and winning the fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" in 2018. Trixie is characterized by her exaggerated makeup, signature Barbie-like aesthetic, and witty sense of humor. Her style blends camp, humor, and a touch of nostalgia.


Katya is an American drag queen, comedian, and television personality. Best known for her appearance on the seventh season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2015 and the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" in 2016. She quickly became a fan favorite on due to her quick wit, memorable catchphrases, and unfiltered personality.

Marina Summers

Marina Summers is a Filipino drag queen and singer-songwriter. Best known for her appearance on the first season of "Drag Race Philippines" in 2022. She is a fierce queen known for her tropical aesthetic, exceptional wit, and all-around performances.


Xilhouete is a Filipino drag queen, creative director, and entrepreneur. Best known for her appearance on the first season of "Drag Race Philippines' as a fierce contender and drag mother of Marina Summers. She advocates for the legacy of drag queens who have paved the way with her dominantly black and avant-garde aesthetic
We utilized the fighting game genre as a metaphor for the LGBTQIA+ community's ongoing battle for rights, equality, and acceptance, drawing on the common themes of struggle, resilience, and victory. In fighting games, players confront various adversaries and challenges, ultimately overcoming them with skill, strategy, and determination. Similarly, the LGBTQIA+ community faces numerous societal obstacles and prejudices in their pursuit of rights, equality, and acceptance.​

This metaphor underscores the tenacity and bravery displayed by both game characters and the LGBTQIA+ community. It highlights the significance of resisting adversity and persisting, regardless of the hurdles faced. By establishing connections between these two realms, the metaphor serves as a potent reminder of the strength and resolve needed to attain progress and transformation in the enduring fight for LGBTQIA+ rights, equality, and acceptance.
Incorporating the Reading Challenge from RuPaul's Drag Race, our team carefully selected lines that made sense when pitted against each other and had the speaking lines delivered by iconic rivals from the show. We chose to include the Reading Challenge in our animation because it not only pays homage to the popular drag competition but also adds an element of wit and humor that resonates with the drag community and fans alike.

Our character animations were inspired by the way video games depict character interactions during the selection process. By animating our drag queen characters with over-the-top reactions, we created a perfect blend of Street Fighter and drag culture. Using quick and snappy emotions, the animation maintains its comedic effect, staying true to the essence of the Reading Challenge.

Additionally, understanding each drag queen's shape language helped our team maintain consistency with the design inspiration and model reference. This attention to detail allowed us to capture the unique personalities and styles of each character, further enhancing the immersive experience of the animation and its connection to the world of drag.
Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, especially the drag performers, is crucial in celebrating their art and ensuring their passion thrives. By providing financial assistance through donations and sponsorships, we can help them express themselves freely and continue to make a positive impact. Advocating for the welfare and human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community worldwide remains a relevant and essential cause, as it highlights the power of creative expression in promoting acceptance and understanding.