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Growing up LGBTQ+ in a Small Town

By : May 11, 2021 No Comment
When people think of small towns, I think a lot of the time they imagine some cute little place with a welcoming community where everyone gets along and loves each other. And while that’s not completely untrue it’s also not completely true either. As someone who has lived in a small town - that is technically labeled a village - for their whole eighteen years of living, I can say that small town aren’t always what they’re sometimes romanticized to be.  When I was growing up, I thought it was exciting to live in my small town. I was fooled by the rumors of small towns being cute and loving, but I soon realized that if you weren’t a certain way, you didn’t belong in this small town.  In my
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Telling Our Stories

By : April 30, 2021 No Comment
At the beginning of COVID, I started writing fanfiction. Before this, I never pictured myself as someone who would be interested in creative writing. I wrote essays for school, and that was the extent of my writing. Then one day, I went onto AO3 to search for fanfiction of a show that I had been watching and as I was searching around, I was disappointed to find that no one had written any asexual fanfiction about this show. This is not an uncommon problem for the ace community. Many people find asexual stories to be boring, and since the ace community is small, there is an even smaller number of people who write fanfiction inside of it.  That is when I realized something that would inspire me. I enjoyed writing,
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Queering Paganism: A Gay Practioner’s Perspective of Wicca-Craft

By : April 30, 2021 No Comment
I stood outside in the darkness reciting over and over, "New moon. New me, New energy.” These words of affirmation are something you might hear from a pagan or someone who self proclaims themselves a witch. I am one of those people and as such, I honor the Old Ways abiding by the laws of nature. I worship the ever-changing cycles of the moon and the natural turnings of the seasons. I watch the ebbs & flows, and the death & rebirth of the world around us by participating in them accordingly. The sacred ground of the earth mother we walk upon was beneath my bare feet. I took the time to remember this blessing as a child of Gaia like all other living things, including the plants and the
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Food Adventures: St. Pete

By : April 18, 2021 Comments Off
Hello! Thank you for checking out my food adventures during my month in Mexico. I've provided some quick notes on each place for your next trip. Enjoy. Must Hits Sip Shop Hooray 2053 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33713 The Saint Speakeasy49 24th St NSt. Petersburg, FL 33713 Wild Child2710 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33712 Casita Taqueria2663 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33713 Bandit Coffee Co.2662 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33712 Cassis St. Pete170 Beach Dr NESt. Petersburg, FL 33701 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House400 Beach Dr NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 URBAN Brew and BBQ2601 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33713 Stillwaters Tavern224 Beach Dr NESt. Petersburg, FL 33701 Pier Teaki800 2nd Ave NE 5th FloorSt. Petersburg, FL 33701 Baba Restaurant, Bakery & Cafe2701 Central AveSt. Petersburg, FL 33713 Black Crow
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Sunday Morning

By : April 16, 2021 Comments Off
Original Publication: Winter - 20207372 - Sinister Wisdom 115 - Lesbian Learning I’m going to ask her to be my girlfriend, Abby thinks to herself as she looks through a dirty church window. Anna Benton, the pastor’s daughter, sits alone on a church pew rehearsing her lines for the junior choir’s youth revival performance. Okay, Abby thinks. She looks at her trembling hands and closes her eyes tight. Doubt paralyzes her. She thinks the two locked eyes a few times. Thinks she saw Anna smile at her. Anna Benton is the prettiest girl at Holy Saints Missionary Baptist Church. All of the boys like her and follow her around and the congregation dotes on her because she is proper, well-mannered, polite, and a straight-A student. “What if it’s just me?”
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Queer Representation in Children’s Entertainment

By : April 16, 2021 Comments Off
In 2017, Disney Channel aired the series, Andi Mack. It is about an Asian-American teenage girl living with her single mother, who had her when she was a teenager. In addition to this, Andi Mack tells the story of main character, Cyrus Goodman, who discovers he is gay and begins a journey towards self-acceptance.  This show marks a huge step for Disney, as this is their first openly gay main character. When Cyrus first came out, he told one of his female friends. He explained that he liked a certain boy but that he felt bad about it. In the next season, he told one of his male friends that he was gay, actually using the word “gay." This was the first time that the phrase, “I’m gay,” was used
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