We don’t often think of Instagram as life-changing, but if you use it right, all that scrolling can amount to a healthy shift in perspective. After all, beyond the swoon-worthy photos of impeccably styled apartments and cute furry friends lies an opportunity to observe the way people live their everyday lives.
Representation matters. Visibility makes a difference—even in our social media spaces. That’s why we like to keep our feeds very diverse and inclusive, including plenty of accounts from the LGBTQ+ community. Showing support from social is one small step we can take as part of a larger plan to continue fighting for the rights of all, no matter who they love.
To that end, we’ve rounded up nine totally joyful Instagram accounts that show LGBTQ+ families doing what families do best: loving one another. Read on for some of our favorites.
Follow Javoni and her wife Stevi (@bindi_dot) as they navigate life with their two little ones. Javoni’s feed is brimming with love and adventure—full of tender family moments and snaps from their pre-pandemic travels across the globe.
Take a peek into the lives of British actor and transgender advocate Jake Graf, his wife Hannah, and their sweet baby daughter. Here, you’ll be treated to plenty of adorable family photos and insights into Jake’s life as a transgender dad.
With this account, twin mama Kaycee invites us into her day-to-day with wife, Kim, and their baby girls. Stop here for sweet baby photos and a look behind the scenes of the couple’s YouTube channel, where they document their love for one another and the highs and lows of raising twins.
Raise your hand if sometimes all you wanna see is a photo of a joyful family loving on their toddler. If so, this account is for you. Scroll through Krystian’s feed, and you’ll find endless snaps of her beautiful little family—her wife Caitlyn and their toddler son—in moments of pure happiness together. Krystian also lets followers in on the struggles of raising a biracial son in our current cultural climate.
If you don’t feel your heart swell with happiness after a quick scroll through this feed then it’s time to check your pulse. These two dads document their day-to-day lives with their two extraordinarily cute children—and they also speak out on issues of social justice and what it means to belong to two vulnerable communities.
A California-based mom of 3, Raffinee fills her Instagram feed with sunshine-y shots of her wife Micaela and their 3 toddlers (who are 7.5 months apart!). Warm, uplifting, and always encouraging, Raffinee’s words often advocate for the visibility of LGBTQ families. She also invites readers in with her personal stories of coming out and conceiving via IVF.
The McHusbands, partners Erik and Adam McEwen, created an Instagram feed that’s essentially happiness overload. If you need a good, joyful cry, look out for their video of meeting their newborn twins for the very first time.
Christina and Katie Bailey are moms to two young daughters, Kennedy and Charlotte. Follow them on Instagram to for more on their love story, reciprocal IVF journey, world travels with two little ones, and plans to welcome a third baby.
Follow Laurie and her wife as they raise a gender neutral daughter, Finley—who has the coolest style!—in Columbus, Ohio. Last month, the couple announced they’re expecting a baby boy later this year.
This article was originally published on June 17, 2020.