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Queer Life and Culture

My Pride Experience – Baby Girl’s First Pride

Welcome to My Pride Experience! My Pride Experience is a series where contributors share their experiences with Pride celebrations. These can be good, bad, or in between. Join us on our journey to discover how Pride is celebrated and experienced by members of our own community. Do you want to share your own Pride experience? Contact us at fashionablyfemme [at] gmail.com Baby Girl’s First Pride by Makeda I was always told that home is ...
Queer Life and Culture

Queerness in Healthcare

Content warning: mental health, substance abuse, bullying, suicide, trans discrimination By Christine Farina Being an openly queer nurse in healthcare, especially mental health care, is a weird place to be. Your peers either think you’re the only person who can relate to certain patients or they think there’s something off about you in general. I can get both options in the same day depending on who is working with me. I have dual degrees in ...
Queer Life and Culture

My Pride Experience Tiptoeing Into Pride

Welcome to My Pride Experience! My Pride Experience is a series where contributors share their experiences with Pride celebrations. These can be good, bad, or in between. Join us on our journey to discover how Pride is celebrated and experienced by members of our own community. Do you want to share your own Pride experience? Contact us at fashionablyfemme [at] gmail.com Tiptoeing Into Pride by Alice Kathryn Hawkins CW: conservative ...
Books

Queer Book Corner – Pride Month Edition

By Eti Berland Happy Pride Month! Since it’s Pride, I thought I would do something different for Queer Book Corner and share a bunch of Own Voices queer books for young people that I hope you’ll enjoy. Pride is always a fantastic time to gift people books that help them feel seen and loved. When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita This gorgeous groundbreaking poetic gem is the perfect picture book about ...
Queer Life and Culture

Our Legal System Doesn’t Care About Your Consent

"I’m kinky. But if you want details, you’ll have to subpoena me. "
Queer Life and Culture

My Pride Experience – Challenges of Pride

Welcome to My Pride Experience! My Pride Experience is a series where contributors share their experiences with Pride celebrations. These can be good, bad, or in between. Join us on our journey to discover how Pride is celebrated and experienced by members of our own community. Do you want to share your own Pride experience? Contact us at fashionablyfemme [at] gmail.com Challenges of Pride By Christine Farina It’s Pride Month, one of ...
Books

Queer Book Corner – Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

By Eti Berland I’ve never wanted to go to camp. As a shy introvert who appreciated the comforts of home, the prospect of living in the woods at the mercy of the elements, insects, & other kids filled me with dread. But after reading Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, I think I may have to reevaluate my life choices. I wish I could have experienced a magical, transformative summer that helped me find my voice, like Melly does. It may ...
Queer Life and Culture

I Have One Word for My Queer Students and Queer Former Teachers

By Stephanie Johnson The world has changed a lot from when I was a teenager. At 36, an “elder millennial” if you will, I feel like I was at the front edge of where it was getting more acceptable to be more “out and proud” in school. Of course, a lot of that didn’t apply to my private Catholic high school (ask me some day about the poor girl who shaved her head and was forced to wear a wig until it grew out enough to be deemed ...
Femme Features

Femme Feature – Hayley

WELCOME!  Welcome to Femme Features. Femme Features is a series featuring femmes from all nooks of the LGBTQIA community. These rocking folks are activists, educators, bosses, parents, entrepreneurs, and all sorts of amazing human beings. Join us as we explore femme identity as so much more than a label, but truly a way of life. You can check out all of our queer femme fashion, lifestyle, and activist profiles here. Hayley is ...
Queer Life and Culture

Gatekeeping and Ace Allyship

By Denois Gatekeeping in the LGBT+/queer community seems to be a perennial problem and currently a lot of efforts seem to be expended around pushing asexual (and sometimes aromantic, for those that use the split attraction model) people out of the community. However, I believe that gatekeepers are actually a small part of the community and what’s more common is that people have misconceptions about asexuality. Strictly speaking, ...