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"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I eat a lot of greens and work out and drink gin martinis and put M&Ms in my froyo and sometimes I don’t do anything but watch Project Runway. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgement can tell you how to love your body. In the words of Sonya Renee, the body is not an apology. You are magic.


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#WhatBiLooksLike brings bisexual visibility to Twitter

The hashtag, started by The Huffington Post on Twitter, has inspired bisexual people to submit photos of what bisexual looks like for them.

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A lesson in Christian hospitality. 

On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the first-ever regular season LGBT event at an NFL game! 

"This is a revolutionary day, because most people don’t think that sports and LGBT mix…I think that the Bucs are reframing that and debunking a lot of myths.”

-Wade Davis, former NFL player & Executive Director for the You Can Play Project 

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DignityUSA Shows Another Side Of Catholicism by Becky Garrison

Whenever the media uses the phrase “Catholic Church” when they reference statements made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or by individual church leaders, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, stands up to correct them.

"The bishops try discredit DignityUSA by saying we’re not authorized to use the word Catholic," she says.

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Photo Source: Gay Marriage USA



A Lesbian Couple Have Married After 72 Years Together

This is Vivian and Alice from Iowa, USA. After 72 years, they just got legally married in their home state.

So, so, inspiring! 


Heroes — a Collaboration with artist Julio Salgado

I was honored when undocuqueer artivist Julio Salgado emailed me about wanting to collaborate on a project about my biggest influences. He drew portraits of me embracing my heroes, and I provided words about their significance in my life. 

These images moved me to tears, and I am grateful to Julio for creating them with me. 


Audre Lorde was the first black lesbian feminist writer I was exposed to in college, and she blew my world up. Her body of work, from her poetry to her prose, pushed me to transform silence and define myself.


I first read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in the 10th grade, and Maya Angelou pushed me to make freedom my lifelong quest. She wrote about being a black girl who was touched without permission and protection, and it emboldened me to share my most uncomfortable truths.


Our elders are our greatest untapped resource, and Sylvia is my blueprint. Without the work and legacies of my foremothers (including Marsha P. Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy!) I could not and would not be able to thrive as a young trans woman writer of color.


Without Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” there would be no “Redefining Realness.” Zora was a revolutionary woman and writer. She centered a black woman’s quest for identity and love, making Janie Crawford my No. 1 heroine. This book is a lifemap!


I adore no man more than James Baldwin. I’ve devoured all his writings and find myself seeking his guidance by watching footage of his interviews. There is no better orator and thinker than Baldwin. He slays, all day, every day.

So much love for these! 

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Photo via St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento, CA.