The dynamics of the plus size community are ever evolving. There are many who embrace their curves and spear head social change in their own unique way. Mostly always absent from the general discussion of size acceptance is the importance of LBGT (Lesbian, BI ,Gay and Transgendered) community and the work they are doing to end social injustice with a platform that includes fighting against size discrimination.
Here are a few sites that are leading the way:
Butch Voices (www.butchvoices.com): The mission of BUTCH Voices is to enhance and sustain the well-being of all women, female-bodied, and trans-identified individuals who are Masculine of Center. They have a very empowering photo project that showcases the diversity present within their communities regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, ability, size, surgeries, age, hair style, or presentation.
Nolose (www.Nolose.org)- a volunteer run organization that is dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating a vibrant fat queer culture. They envision a world where beauty, morality, health humor and fashion are divorced from size and shape, where all bodies are celebrated. It is also full of resources that can help you on your journey.
Connections to the movement are driven by personal accounts from those in the fight, often giving voice to the voiceless. Here are a few blogs that are informative and enlightening.
Fat, Brown and Down (www.fatbrownanddown.tumblr.com) It is offered as a safe space for fat people of color to discuss the intersections of fat identity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and class.
Crystalized Essence:cThe Diary of a Bodacious Beauty (www.crystalizedessence.tumblr.com)- No matter who you choose to love, Crystals’ account of life as she sees it is inspiring!
Stacy Bias (stacybias.net)-Stacy is a phenomenal writer and activist who gives deeply personal and completely relatable accounts of the fat experience. Her body of work is worth checking out.
You have to begin to educate yourselves about sections of the community that you want to support. Like any other group in society, you have to be sensitive to diverse needs and perspectives in order to support responsibly.
Although our curves connect us, it seems sometimes we move in different ways. This used to bother me a lot, before I began to do the work. I realize that as an advocate I can’t speak another’s story, I can only give light to my own. My mission is to have a platform where all facets of the community can come together so that we celebrate, appreciate and respect one another.