Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of rape and sexual assault as well as birth-related trauma. This article is not a step-by-step guide about ways to get ready to have sex again. It’s an intimate account of my search for helpful and sensitive information and community to share my own experiences and struggles to reclaim … Continue reading Sex After Baby: My Search for Community, Connection, and Cunnilingus
Giving black trans women their flowers now means celebrating them for their individuality, their talents, their strengths, and their abilities. As pride month has concluded, it's important to understand where this all started, and why we must work harder to help each other get free. Before Pride became the party and festival it is now, … Continue reading Stop Killing Black Trans Women
Growing up, I was under no impression at all that my upbringing was even the slightest bit unique. I went to school, I looked after my brothers, I disliked lima beans. Nothing unusual to my way of thinking. Breakfast was typically cereal, and mom was normally either out the door as we were or already … Continue reading The Woman Soldier’s Daughter
Our soul. Our spirit. Our consciousness.The brain in which it manifests.Our body’s ability. It’s color. It’s language.Announces a victor without a test. The champion of a game of chance.Taking claim over … Continue reading You Did Nothing to Deserve to Be an American – A Poem
Let's see.I have invisible braces that I never wear. I got them because I am self-conscious about my crooked bottom teeth, and of my uppers, which will likely get gnarly because of two teeth I had removed in the last five years. They were removed because of cavities that turned into problems. Those problems happened … Continue reading On Being Flawed, Average, & Lovable Anyway.
This year, I mustered up the bravery to attend my first Pride event as an openly bisexual woman. Bravery because 1.) Bisexuals and Pansexuals are often treated by the queer community like teenagers "going through a phase" and 2.) I'm a woman. For those of you who aren't a part of this community and may … Continue reading A Call to Action – End Misogyny and Gatekeeping in The LGBTQIA+ Community
Tricky, isn't it? Making time for a healthy dose of literature is near to impossible with the mountain of other things to get done. I'll be the first to admit how easy it is to ignore my need for words on paper in favor of another episode of my newest Netflix obsession and half a bowl of guacamole.
June is the intersectional month of my dreams. For one, Pride. I still fantasize about the day Facebook will reinstate my pride reacts so that I can emote exclusively in 'gay woman'. Two: Loving day, where the Supreme Court only 52 years ago decided interracial marriage was legal (Fun Fact: Alabama didn't legalize interracial marriage … Continue reading Say It Loud: It’s Juneteenth, and I’m Proud!
After years of running a business in the natural skincare industry, I can tell you this, there's a myriad of self care combinations hiding in your kitchen cabinet. Combinations that are completely natural, preservative free, and made with whole ingredients. Access to natural skincare should be for everyone. Sadly, the mark-up on these types of … Continue reading Luxury Self Care in Your Cabinet – 5 DIY Recipes from a Skin Care Professional
1-in-5 Children in the US are said to have a diagnosable mental illness. More than Half go untreated. When I look back at my childhood, the signs were clearly and overwhelmingly there. By the age of 11, I would regularly isolate myself from my family by hiding away in another room for what felt like … Continue reading Childhood Mental Illness – How to See the Signs