In celebration of pride month, I went and edited some of my photos (in a less than perfect manner!!) that were taken with some of the most beautiful and diverse people I know. I wanted to create a collection for this summer, the summer of love, with my good friends Lolo, Jack and Stacy, as they are all so worthy of love and reciprocate that, but live in a world that gives them hate instead. Stacy is a lovely brown lady with a sharp mind who truly defies all of the stereotypes that push people of color and unique ethnicity down. Her family is a Thank you Stacy, for living and pursuing ardently. Lolo is a black German woman who speaks 5 languages, has the biggest hair in the Midwest and a lion in her heart (and a lion tattooed on her thigh!) I am lucky to have met this strong woman, who refuses to conform to societal norms and goes with her own flow. Lolo doesn't use labels for her sexuality or gender but is accepting of everyone else's labels and identities. She is so passionate and is constantly advocating for us to treat each other and the earth right.My friend Jack is gender fluid. When one is gender fluid, they sometimes use pronouns that don't match their birth sex (Male or Female) to express their identity (just as one uses he/she to specify their identity).Jack's pronoun is gender neutral and contrary to the popular belief, can be used singularly; "they". Some people don't quite accept Jack the way they are, but Jack has a quirky sense of humor and we laugh about it all. Jack has a clever mind, a cute laugh and a wit that keeps them curious about this strange world. Thank you for being the most loyal friend I have ever had and giving so much love and time to me through everything.
Remember this month (and always!!) to have pride and love all the things that make you authentic!! #Proud to have such gems in my life, keep on doing you please !! 🏳️🌈⭐️