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Shereá Denise began working as a Blog Contributor for SOULE in 2015. SOULE is an acronym for Seekers of Unity, Love & Equality. SOULE prides itself on being "a digital destination for news, opinions, life and culture for the LGBTQIA people of color. SOULE uplifts, empowers and inspires pride via the SOULE Website and SOULE Special Events." To learn more about SOULE, please visit www.soule.lgbt. To learn more about Shereá's work with SOULE, please visit https://www.soule.lgbt/author/sburnett/.

A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW WE DEFINE MOTHERHOOD

May is a month full of celebration. It is a month that is known for beautiful weather, graduation ceremonies, and Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day has traditionally been painted a “certain” way and was intended to include “certain” people. Something about this most recent Mother’s Day was different for me though.

 
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How To Make Our Military Strong Again

“It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed…”

–Former President Barack Obama, December 2010

As those all throughout the nation are well aware of, the United States is under new leadership. There is a new Commander-in-Chief serving in the White House (or maybe in New York, I can never keep up) and his leadership style is not one that the American people are all that familiar with.

 
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How To Get On The Path Toward Inclusivity & Understanding

Recently I had the opportunity to watch Tiq Milan’s and Kim Katrin Milan’s TED Talk, A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage. The description of the TED Talk states: “Love is a tool for revolutionary change and a path toward inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their marriage — as a transgender man and cis woman — a model of possibility for people of every kind. With infectious joy, Tiq and Kim question our misconceptions about who they might be and offer a vision of an inclusive, challenging love that grows day by day.”

 

Who Do You Love? Racial Preferences In Dating

On November 4, 2016, the film Loving was released. The movie details the story of interracial couple Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, which was brought to the attention of the nation in the Loving v. Virginia case. Prior to 1967, many states had anti-miscegenation laws, which prevented the marriage of and/or sexual involvement between people of different races.

 

The Conversations That We’re Not Having

Every now and then I find myself wondering about the many conversations that are not being had amongst LGBTQIA People of Color, specifically between the women who love women. I am curious about the affects of our silence on our self-esteem and our relationships. There are so many issues and topics that so many of us seem to avoid and I have to wonder if we recognize the disservice that we are doing ourselves and others by simply avoiding necessary conversations and dealing with necessary feelings.

 

Body Positivity & Dating Preferences in the LGBT+ Community

Have you ever noticed how interconnected most topics are? The correlations and connections between various topics have not been lost on me, especially regarding body positivity and the manner by which most people’s thoughts about themselves directly relate to how they will allow others to treat them or how it impacts whose attention they chase, whose type they want to be.

 

To Be Young, Black, Gifted, Gay, and Celebrated

For the last two years, right at the beginning of Black History Month, I find myself asking the same questions. Questions like: Have you noticed “mainstream Black America’s” willingness to erase queerness in the discussion of Black activists and leaders? It’s actually almost desperation at this point, isn’t it? Why is it so horrible to acknowledge that great people, leaders, and contributors to society can be young, Black, and gay? How have we continued to allow the celebration of an individual to be conditioned upon their sexual orientation?

 

The Underlying Issue of Misogyny Amongst Queer & Lesbian Women of Color

Recently a 2013 post on the Everyday Feminism Magazine website was brought to my attention. While reading “Butch Please: Butch with a Side of Misogyny”, I had to take a minute to consider my own experiences with Masculine of Center Women of Color who are part of the LGBTQI Community. Oddly enough, I was also reminded of a recent opportunity to hear Melissa Harris-Perry speak at a local university.