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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Gatekeeping in the LGBTQ Community

By Ari Levine. In many ways, the LGBTQ+ community is amazing. We are diverse, proud, and beautiful. But unfortunately, some parts of the community are excluded from spaces or conversations due to gatekeeping within the community. Sometimes it’s in little ways, sometimes in open ways. Today, let’s talk about all those ways and how we can support our fellow community members. Not “X” Enough One of the most common forms ...
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Queer Identity and Tattoos – An Interview with Jordan Lentz of Copperplate Tattoo

As promised in our post about Queer Identity and Tattoos, here’s an interview with Chicago-based queer tattoo artist Jordan Lentz. Jordan can be found at Copperplate Tattoo in Chicago. For contact info, please check out her Instagram bio. Our creative director Dannie has been tattooed by Jordan and highly recommends her to anyone looking for super realistic nature work. Tell us about yourself – you, your work, your story, ...
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What is Bisexual Culture?

By Zoë Mikel-Stites A few months ago I sat in my friend’s basement surrounded by queer, non-binary, bisexual and pansexual friends. We had pooled the pizza money and red wine and settled in to the couch to talk about our experiences in the middle of our respective spectrums. At the end of the night, after commiserating, comparing, discussing and hugging over our shared space between definitions, Kimberly posed a question to the group: ...