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Sources of free LGBTQ stock photos

Several years ago, I wrote about sources of free LGBTQ oriented stock photos. Since then, a few things have changed, so I thought the post was due for an update.

All of the sources listed below are free. Most of them are available under a Creative Commons license. I’ll note that these links may not be all of the LGBTQ-friendly photos available on each source; many may be tagged “LGBT” (without the “Q”) or under a more specific category (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer/questioning, etc.).

Creative Commons

https://search.creativecommons.org/search?q=LGBTQ

Creative Commons offers the ability to search for LGBTQ tagged photos from multiple sources. You can also search for photos by CC license type; the most liberal licenses are CC0 (public domain), public domain mark (basically also public domain), and BY (can be used for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, but crediting the creator’s required).

Disabled and Here

https://affecttheverb.com/collection/

Disabled and Here is a site offering a selection of Creative Commons-licensed photos and artwork of disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) people, including a section dedicated to LGBTQ individuals.

Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=LGBTQ&l=4 (CC BY license)

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=LGBTQ&l=9 (CC0 public domain license)

Flickr features a variety of Creative Commons licensed, LGBTQ tagged photos; many of them seem to be from various Pride celebrations around the world.

Pexels

Gay Black couple
Photo by Uriel Mont from Pexels

https://www.pexels.com/search/lgbtq/

Pexels is another source of free LGBTQ photos. From my perusal, Pexels offers a number of photos featuring LGBTQ people of color and interracial couples.

Pixabay

https://pixabay.com/en/photos/lgbt/ (“LGBT” tagged)

https://pixabay.com/images/search/lgbtq/ (“LGBTQ” tagged)

Pixabay offers some LGBTQ-friendly graphics (flags, etc.). While Pixabay also offers some photos, they aren’t as strong as their graphics selection.

Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/s/photos/lgbt (“LGBT” tagged)

https://unsplash.com/s/photos/lgbtq (“LGBTQ” tagged)

Unsplash, like Pixabay and Pexels, offers a number of free-to-use images under its own license. I’ve used some Unsplash images on the blog; my old CMS, Ghost, had Unsplash support built-in.

“Rainbow Flag” by nathanmac87 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Flickr / cropped from original)

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