Pride Feature: River Gallo Makes History in Badoo Global Advertisement

River Gallo is an actor and director, known for the short film Ponyboi (2019). I was introduced to River at Los Angeles’ queer film festival Outfest, where I saw the brilliant film Ponyboi. River Gallo is not only a great actor and director but also is an incredible poet and artist.

Watch the flawless Badoo Global ad that they self-directed and perform their original poem in! The advertisement is beautifully shot and the poem and choreography had me captivated from start to finish. This advertisement is also legendary and historic because River Gallo is the first intersex person to be the star of an ad campaign. Happy Pride! You can find Ponyboi below as well!


FROM YOUTUBE: Introducing ‘A Letter From…River Gallo’. River, an activist, model, writer and filmmaker, contemplates their dating experiences as an intersex, non-binary person through their own lens. The ‘A Letter From…’ series features global voices from the LGBTQIA+ community, sharing their candid & personal stories about the joys and frustrations of dating. Their perspectives, their voices, their creative vision. This is their letter to you 💜 River Gallo (pronouns they/them/theirs) is a GLAAD award-winning Salvadoran-American filmmaker, actor, writer, model and intersex advocate. Their film “Ponyboi,” which they wrote, directed, and acted in, is the first narrative film created by and starring an out intersex person in cinema history. Produced by Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, Ponyboi premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Ponyboi is now streaming on YouTube:

Seven Graham is the executive producer of Poniboy.

Written by Ryan Cassata

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