Growing up, I always thought I was a confident person, but I definitely valued what others thought about me and put pleasing other people first. In my early 20’s, I began to realize that it was time for me to decide what was important to me. I was determined to care less about what others may think of me (judging me for who I was dating vs. who I was as a person), to stop hiding a big part of my life to those who mattered and to stop judging how people would react before even giving them a chance.
Now that I am out and living proudly, I wish my younger self knew that it doesn’t matter who you date or who you love… we are all the same, and all deserve to feel like we belong. This Pride I’m proud to team up with @TD_Canada, who are committed to supporting over 160 LGBTQ2+ initiatives, so everyone can feel included. 🌈💕 #Sponsored
A big thank you to @bangbellycafe for their amazing support of Fogo Island Pride as a platinum sponsor.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring our initatives on Fogo Island, explore our sponsorship guide and donate through the link in our bio 🌈 #pride#fogoisland#lgbtq2
A HUGE thank you to all TD friends and family for a successful and smooth Pride event!!!! We wouldn’t be here without the support of our ALLIES and for that we are TRULY thankful ..Every year our TD pride event gets bigger and better and we can only hope to keep expanding as we continue to support equality and love for ALL, couldn’t have asked to work for a better company, @tdameritrade you ARE the best 🌈💗
Posted at: 2019-07-15 01:45:30
A HUGE thank you to all TD friends and family for a successful and smooth Pride event!!!! We wouldn’t be here without the support of our ALLIES and for that we are TRULY thankful ..Every year our TD pride event gets bigger and better and we can only hope to keep expanding as we continue to support equality and love for ALL, couldn’t have asked to work for a better company, @tdameritrade you ARE the best 🌈❤️ #foreverproud#BetterBeginsHere#tdameritrade
Posted at: 2019-07-15 01:36:58
It cripples you. Paralyzes you. Makes you feel that you did something wrong by just being yourself. I’ve been feeling this way for the last little while. Shame’s definitely got the best of me for the last little while.
It tells you that when others are uncomfortable about your sexual orientation or relationship, that it is your responsibility to feel the burden and to manage the pain. 🌈
It tells you to conform to old habits, behaviors and values that don’t make sense as a way to hold you back. Growth, adulting, standing in your truth and authenticity aren’t shame’s bff.
It tells that you’re not good enough and your life choices aren’t valid until you get the green light from others. It tells you that living your life in a way that makes sense to you isn’t right because you are not conforming to the way of life of the group.
Today I take a step to change the narrative. Instead of allowing my mind to define my progress by my pain and wounds, I chose to have empathy for myself and the circumstances. 🌈 As my partner said, I still chose to show up powerfully as myself in the best way I know how in a given moment. Some days being myself will be easy and other days it won’t. That’s okay the key is having the resiliency to keep doing better than yesterday.🌈
I chose to be responsible for feeling my own feelings not taking on the feelings of others. 🌈
In conversations with others, I chose to use my voice and speak the truth and not shy away from my choices because I’m embarrassed. 🌈 I chose to be proud of the choices I’ve made no matter how odd they seem to others. I continue to chose to be the center of my life. 🌈
Post – inspired by my beloved partner .
#Shame#ShameReslience #Empathy#BeingMeProudly#LovingMe#Worthy#Loveable#ProudofMe#LGBTQ2+ #LGBTQ#Lesbian#Bisexual#Gay#Queer#TwoSpirit#Transgender#BiPoC#brenebrown
I was recently interviewed by @lp_lapresse alongside legendary Canadian #LGBTQ2 activists John Banks and the late Laurent McCutcheon (who received medical assistance in dying on July 4, after fighting cancer since December 2016). We each talked about the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and about the LGBTQ2+ civil rights movement in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. At the end of journalist @lucboulangeer’s story, I mention how #Stonewall has become a global symbol of resistance and justice, as exemplified by this home-made poster held up by a Drag Queen at the first-ever Indian Ocean Pride in Port Louis, Mauritius, in June 2018. (My mom Diamond Lil was the “Marraine” of that Pride celebration and played a key role preventing the Prime Minister of Mauritius and the Police Commissioner from cancelling the event.) This is the photo I took of that fabulous Drag Queen, whom I talk about at the end of the #LaPresse news story. Link in bio 🏳️🌈✊🏿🍁🇲🇺 #lgbtq🌈 #lgbthistory#Pride#Mauritius@collectif_arc_en_ciel@fondationemergence@nycpride@fiertemontreal#Stonewall50
We finally could go home with our little babies after 9 days since we were at the hospital.
We are so so lucky surrounded by amasing doctors, nurses, stuff, family and doula.
Thank you #vgh#victoriageneralhospital
The sky is beautiful.
P.S. Japanese LGBT couples sued the government on Valentine's day in 2019 for equal marriage rights in Japan.
I want the Japanese LGBTQ couples to have rights so I decided to show I am here because we are part of society.
If you support us, please follow us and help to change Japan together🌈
#lgbt#lgbtq #lgbtq2 #同性婚 #samelove#samesexmarriage#newbornphotoshoot #marriageequality#loveislove #結婚の自由をすべての人に #love#newborn#babyboys#lesbianmoms #七夕 #七夕生まれ #双子 #twins#LGBTファミリー #LGBTfamily #queerfamily#twomoms#LGBTQfamily #twinsmoms #双子妊娠 #双子出産 #双子退院
Going on 6 months, and two bottles finished! I am starting to love myself, it's a new feeling. I notice my confidence slowly starting to increase, and starting to see my body change into what I've always wanted it to be. •
There is lots I am learning to deal with now that I am on testosterone. My anger has increased significantly, my depression has gotten better but at the same time worse, and my ability to communicate my feelings has weakened. With time things will get better, but it will take time and courage.
I have noticed hair growth, fat redistribution from my hips arms and legs..to my butt and tummy 😅😂. My jawline becoming more prominent, and my voice cracking alot. •
No one could have prepared me for this incredible journey. It's a crazy feeling when you start to present as whom you've always felt. •
I am so thankful for the ability to take testosterone, and all the people in my life who love and support me! •
Here's to the future, and becoming me!🤘🙋♂️💉
#ftmofig#ftmtransgender#femaletomale#ftmtransition#transition#lgbtq#lgbtq2 #pride#queer#queerasfolk #gender#genderfluid #transmale#transgender#vitamint#hrt#selfmade #self#selflove #testosterone
Posted at: 2019-07-13 21:57:05
Shout out to those LGBTQ2+ folks who show up proudly in spaces were there is no formal statement of inclusion for the LGBTQ2+ community.
It is easy to show up in spaces in your life where you know you are loved and accepted. It is takes so much courage and bravery to show up as you no matter what when you feel you are not equal to those in a particular space.
I applaud you for taking up spaces in community spaces where you have just as much right to be there as others.
I applaud you for showing others that LGBTQ2+ folks are human like every one else.
I applaud you for showing up as yourself. Answering questions and having conversations from a place of truth and authenticity. It takes alot of emotional courage when the norm is conforming to the group and not being yourself.
I applaud you for expanding people's view on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression by simply being you.
I applaud you for recognizing other people's discomfort around your sexual orientation isnt your problem.
And on those days where you're like me and feel down, reach out to others for support. You are not alone.
As a pretty political person, and a member of the LGBTQ2+ community, i am severely struggling with the notion of #straightpride. Yet again I find myself dming SP people at 4am trying to push my gay agenda. Looking back at what pride stems from, the brutality, the pure spite and loathing, families being torn a part, faiths being lost, NOT TO FORGET LGBTQ2+ persons of
colour, its not glamorous.
This entire situation scares the fucking shit out of me. The offical striaght pride page for Boston claims that although they dont "agree " with our "lifestyle" they still respect it. I have 2 things to say about this utter bullshit.
1) AGREEING OR DISAGREEING WITH MY EXISTENCE IS NOT AN OPINION, ITS CALLED FUCKING DISCRIMINATION
2) its all well and good to say you tolerate us, but look at your following. The gaybashing, threats, and proverbs flooding your comment section are PROOF that the world is not ready for your riot
Pride parade started as a dam riot by grown ass men in snatched wigs fighting for my right to fucking exist. It was not peaceful, it was not pretty, and sassy and slaying. It was a blood bath. These legendary people faught to the death, and for what? I think the thing that irks me the most is staight pride supporters act as if we have full equality. IN FACT my fellow queerios, i think they are feeling threatened and overpowered by our existence. Not until gay marriage is legal in Every👏 Single👏Corner👏 Of 👏The 👏 Dam👏Earth will straight pride be acceptable. Not until Every👏 Single👏LGBTQ2+ Couple/Person👏 Feels👏Safe👏Going. Out👏Fucking👏Side👏Will it be okay to have that conversation
Every single person is capable of experiencing some form of oppression in their lifetime (yes even straight cis white men) but it will NEVER be on the grounds of your heterosexuality. I can say this confidently because even in 100 years (jk the world is blowing up before that) those who have experienced such loss will not wish it on another being
Overall, the entire notion of straight pride is offensive, ignorant, disrespectful, cowardly, homophobic, and scary
Just remember, think before you hate because it could be someone you love
H A P P Y P R I D E
5 of 5 Face Charts by Me: @kevin.artiste 🏳️🌈
Inspired by the POCLGBTQ2+ Pride Flag. I hope that I can inspire; not only with art and not just with colour, but all of it tangled with soul. This is two of five PRIDE themed face charts I will be posting over the next 5 weeks. SHOW us your pride! Tag me in your looks so that I can repost you! 🏳️🌈
@sephoracanada @sephoracanadalife @sephora@sephorapro @pride
So I want to share a story with you. It's going to seem like I'm trying to virtue signal or fish for praise but that's absolutely not the point.
Rather, I want to show you how important, useful, and most of all, simple direct action can be.
I found myself at #queenwest and Bay Street in #toronto. If you don't live here, it's right near the #eatoncentre, not far from #dundassquare (AKA the cheaper version of Times Square). Anyway, I got to the streetcar stop and saw some writing scrawled across the sidewalk in white chalk, six or seven paragraphs arranged so no matter what direction you came from you could read at least one of them. I won't repeat what I saw, but suffice it to say it was severely hateful and homophobic.
So I walked over to the nearby tourist booth to ask where I could get a bucket of water, hoping to wash it away. They were a little flustered, since this is obviously not a question they get every day, and suggested I call 311, the city's general help line. So I did, and they told me I needed to talk to the cops.
I was a little bit nervous about this, since the cops have made it pretty clear in recent months that they don't care about #LGBTQ2 people (read up in what happened at the #hamiltonpride festival for more on that). But whatever, I called them, and they wanted a bunch of my personal information before they would do anything about it.
Now, I could have made a report to the police and walked away, patting myself on the back because I Did A Good Deed. But even if they had done something about it, which I find unlikely, I'm sure it would have taken several hours, and in the meantime how many young #queer folks would have to see the hateful messages that were written?
Instead, I took care of the problem in 10 minutes with $2 worth of bottled water and a broom borrowed from the lady who owns the hot dog stand nearby (lots of love to her!)
Whenever you can, and whenever it's safe, take direct action. Make your city a better place.
#transrights#queerrights #lgbtrights#torontothegood #fuckfascism#fuckhomophobia#fuckprejudice