IMO: On Queer Misconceptions

Queer identities are complex, filled with intersections and language that not everyone understands. It can be frustrating when someone doesn’t understand something that might be a big part of your identity, which is where the education comes in. Here are some of the most popular things I think folks don’t really understand about the queer…

But Jess I want to meet Queer Folks: On Finding Community

When I first came out, I’m pretty sure pretty quickly I had a conversation on the best place to find other queer friend and/or lovers. It can be hard to do, especially if someone isn’t out and proud, in an environment that is populated with a lot of queer folks, or is just shy. Along…

Yes is Mandatory: On Sexual Consent

As I mentioned in my last post, I had sex for the first time here in Portland. Since I only moved here last July, it really wasn’t too long ago. In my time here, I’ve learned so much about consent and have been so shocked about how respectful and aware folks have been. I oftentimes…

I’m Back: On Bicoastal Queerness

Hey there, remember me? Jess here! Blogging is radical and I miss it so I thought I’d start writing again. I’ve got a lot to say because the past few months have given me a lot to talk about. So get ready. If you’re getting this in your email, I hope you’re excited. Oh, and…

And Finally: On Activism

In 2015, I started this blog. As a college graduate pursuing activism, I have really used this as a platform to get my name out there. It has been a really enjoyable time, and I think it has helped me and others in a lot of ways. In my experience with activists online, I think…

On the Parents of Queer People

Disclaimer: This is not only for parents. It is really just a how to be an ally post, but I wanted to bring in that specific audience because I think it’s really important. I hate telling people want to do because I think everyone should be able to make their own choices and decide what…

On Trans Allyship

Awhile back, about a year and a half ago, I wrote a piece on allyship. You can see that here. However, the past few weeks I learned a lot more about being an ally. The reason this post is a little later than usual is because I was out being a camp counselor at Camp…

On Queer People With (Dis)abilities

This title may look familiar. That’s because I had a post about this intersection of identities on this blog up for awhile. However, somewhere in editing or customizing, I deleted it, probably because I didn’t think it provided enough information in comparison to other pieces. But no worries, I didn’t forget about it, especially because…

On LGBTQ+ Athletes

On this blog I educate on different queer identities, but I think folks need to remember that LGBTQ+ people can hold intersecting identities. Some may put them in a double minority like people of color and (dis)abled folks. Another identity folks can take on is being an athlete. While I don’t think athletics is commonly…

YouTube Speaks: Pan, Bi, Queer- Similar But Different

This blog is all about queer identities. In a careful analysis of my past posts, I noticed that I haven’t talked in my opinion what is enough of nonbinary sexual orientations like bisexuality and pansexuality. I think these are two identities that are often summarized as just saying queer, possibly because they are tough to…