On our Creator Spotlight Series, we highlight the inspiring stories from creators who are making a positive impact on TikTok and in their broader communities. This month we’re celebrating our newest wave of LGBTQ+ TikTok Trailblazers, and sharing more about their personal journeys to embrace self-pride and live life to the fullest.
Meet Antoni Bumba (@antonibumba), best known for dominating multiple TikTok niches, including pop-culture comedy, astrology and spirituality, as well as queer beauty and NYC culture. They are currently known for creating the viral parody trend “The BBL Effect,” and creating a safe and relatable environment for women and all members of the LGBTQ+ community on their page. Read more below about what Pride means to Antoni and how TikTok has inspired them.
What does Pride mean to you? How has that meaning changed for you over time?
For me, Pride means a celebration and reminder of the LGBTQIA+ community, from those making a difference in our day-to-day lives to those who came before and paved the way for us.
How has your identity influenced or shaped you?
My identity has forced me to be open-minded and challenge my own social awareness. And it has added a true resilience to everything I believe in.
How has the TikTok community inspired you?
TikTok has changed my life. Especially with my move to New York City, TikTok has given me the freedom to create my own “place” in this world where I don’t have to force myself to be anything in order to fit in. It’s just me and whoever’s FYP I end up on.
What video are you most proud of creating?
There's a video I made a year ago when I walked into a bathroom and recorded myself talking in the mirror, asking people to participate in a mental health check-in. I said, "Name a badder bitch than you, name someone who has been through everything you've been through, etc.," to show that everyone is unique and has overcome different things. It was the first time I ever hit 800k views. It was so cool to realize I could impact people, and honestly it's the video I'm the most proud of.
What are some content creation tips you would offer to other creators?
I always tell people literally to just do whatever makes you the most happy. Don't overthink it. When it comes to TikTok, it's good at showing everybody a true reflection of the world and people are looking for something to relate to.
What advice would you give to the next generation of the LGBTQ+ community?
Be open to prioritizing love and respect for each other, no matter what. We all have our differences, but we are all human, and we’re always stronger together than we ever will be separated.
How do you think people can be allies to the LGBTQ+ community?
Honestly, by simply being respectful. Being willing to understand that even if they don’t relate, that we’re all still human and deserve the right of the respect in our own autonomy.
Who are some LGBTQ+ TikTok creators that everyone should be following/watching (and why)?
My favorite right now is @badbxtchastrology. She provides such a positive and affirming message, and she’s GORGEOUS!