The month of June is Pride Month, as most people know. It is a month where people of the LGBTQIA+ community celebrate and to bring awareness to things that need to change. Did you know that gay marriage wasn't legal for all 50 states until 2015? It's been 6 years and that was a huge event. So up until 2015, LOVING someone was illegal. Wanting to be with someone legally, like all other normal couples, was illegal. You could not be with the one you love legally because people believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, not between 2 people who love each other unconditionally. I am part of this community. I am openly bisexual. While I am in a relationship and getting married to a man, that still does not change the fact that I am bisexual. I learned I was bisexual at 13 years old. I've known since I was a little girl (probably about 5) that I did like girls, more then just friends, but I also really liked boys, more then just friends. Back then, I didn't realize I was bisexual until I met this amazing beautiful girl, and I realized I really liked her.... but I felt so alone. I didn't come out until I was 19. The first person I came out to was my amazing fiance Brennan. He reassured me that I was loved and me being attracted to girls does not affect our relationship. He has no idea, but those words meant the world to me. I've tried to come out before, but I was always told "I'm just confused, I have to pick boys or girls?, being bisexual isn't a thing, it's just an excuse for people to "whore" around." I am not confused, I don't want to "whore" around, and yes, I love both genders equally. If Brennan was a girl I'd still love him and would want to be with him. But I am not confused. Pride month for me, as a bisexual woman, who is also a person of color, is to spread awareness. Yes I am with a Cis white male (meaning he was born a man, he sees himself as a man, and he is attracted to the opposite gender only), yes our relationship does appear to be a hetero normal relationship, but we aren't. One of us is straight, the other one (me) goes wherever the heart goes). I am not straight just because I'm with a man. I am not straight because I have only been with men. I am bisexual and VERY proud. If this turns away potential clients, oh well. I believe that everyone has the right to love each other, and get married, and spend their lives with the people they care about.
June isn't about us showing off that we aren't straight, it's to show the world that we are here, we are queer, and we are trying to be happy and have equal rights just like every other human being.
I had the amazing opportunity to shoot and work with the LGBTQIA+ community for Genderfuq, a rock show that features members of the community and other performers. I saw my very first drag performances, discovered new amazing bands, and a love for slam poetry and poetry all together. They are artists, supporting me, an artist, and it was such an amazing opportunity. I met others in the same shoes as me, and made so many new friends, and honestly a love for new bands (I'm looking at you Vengeance Tampon and Stop Karen). Worst Horse, your piece was amazing and so emotional and raw, it helped me feel not so alone in this world. Eyelash, you were so f*****g amazing! I LOVED watching you guys perform and jam out. Church, for your first time on the stage performing, I honestly had no idea until it was mentioned, and you were amazing. So much emotion and rawness, I just loved it. Lux St. Diamond, we both know I love you, thank you for inviting me to this event. For my first ever drag event I was so impressed, and now I'm hooked and addicted. Mona Diet, I also LOVED watching your performance. I never knew drag could be like that and you are so talented. Sophia, thank you for putting this together, and making sure I felt so welcome, you have no idea how much I appreciated it.
Please, enjoy the photos from Genderfuq 2021, and I hope to see everyone at Genderfuq 2022!