Bevin Branlandingham spreads body positivity wherever she can, whether at her popular party Rebel Cupcake, in her coaching service or on her blog, The Queer Fat Femme Guide to Life (QueerFatFemme.com). ″I intentionally chose the name because living my life at the intersection of those identities has been very empowering for me,″ the Brooklyn-based writer, performer and cultural producer says. Unsurprisingly, Branlandingham strongly disagrees with the media´s message that people must diet to achieve any sense of happiness or self-worth. ″Too many folks spend so much of their lives putting off really living and enjoying themselves until they lose weight or modify themselves in some way. Truly feeling worthy is an inside job, not something that is conditional on outside acceptance or conforming your body to a cultural norm.″ Branlandingham says her activism is having a strong effect on the community-specifically, people tell her she´s making them feel secure about being themselves, who they´re supposed to be. And that effect couldn´t be more rewarding for the woman who calls herself ″the queer Oprah:″ ″I want folks to know that all bodies are worthy of love exactly as they are.″ -GH
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