Dear Body,

The Dear Body Project was started by Ari Fitz. She asked some of her friends to join her in writing love letters to their bodies to promote body positivity. Since then, many people have started writing letters to their own bodies and posting them as videos, letters, and photo captions on social media. Here is my love letter to my body.

 

Dear Body,

Wow we’ve been through a lot together. I often find myself blaming you instead of recognizing how much you’ve been through. For many years, it felt as if I as a mind, were fighting you as a physical being. A battle I felt you always won, yet somehow we both lost in the end. Together we’ve gained weight and lost weight, gained confidence and lost confidence. We’ve struggled to stay alive, and we’ve celebrated living life to the fullest.

When people talk about disabled bodies they often say, “You are not broken, you’re beautiful,” but I believe we are both. Beautifully broken. Not that every aspect of you is always beautiful, but I’ve learned it doesn’t have to be. Thank you for doing what you can, even when I feel like you aren’t doing enough. Thank you for teaching me that my value does not rely on others traditional measurements of success. I’m sorry often I don’t believe you.

I don’t appreciate or praise you enough. I want you to be perfect, look perfect, and work perfectly, but those aren’t fair expectations. I promise to try and not make perfection the goal, but you know how meticulous I can be. I am learning perfection is subjective, and you are perfect at doing what you are able to do. Thank you for continuing to fight for me, not against me, even when it feels like the world is fighting against us.

Love,

Alyssa

 

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LGBTQ+ Youtubers

LGBTQ+ representation in the mainstream media isn’t always that great, but youtube is one place where queer people really dominate. Here are ten of my favorite LGBT youtubers!

  1. Shannon Beveridge or nowthisisliving
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Shannon’s youtube channel nowthisisliving has always been one of my favorites. She is a lesbian youtuber who does everything from challenge videos to Q&A’s and is an upbeat person who will always put you in a good mood – and she’s gorgeous so that never hurts ūüôā

2. Kaitlyn Alexander or Realistically Saying

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Kaitlyn is a non-binary Youtuber who is a song writer, poet, actor, and comedian. They are also in the web series “Carmilla” on KindaTV’s Youtube channel and play the non-binary character LaFontaine. They’re super funny and also create thought provoking content that I think most people will enjoy.

3. Alayna Fender

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Alayna is a bisexual youtuber who makes sexual education videos, vlogs, and has a hilarious series called “I Don’t Bi It” that comically brings to light the stigma behind bisexuality.

4. Nick Camryn

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Nick is a transgender guy who makes great content talking about his experience being trans, and also does Q&A’s, and reaction videos.

5. Ari Fitz

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Ari Fitz is an amazing lesbian youtuber who creates artsy videos, as well as vlogs. She also has a channel called Tomboyish where she shows off her androgynous style, and teaches you how to dress is a stylish, masculine manner. She’s super creative and fun to watch!

6. Ash Hardell

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Ash is a pansexual non-binary youtuber who creates educational content for the LGBTQ+ community. She recently got married to her wife Grace, who sometimes joins her on her side channel onetakeashley. She also wrote a book called ” The ABC’s of LGBT” that coincides with a series on her channel with the same name. If you’re new to the LGBT community or want to know more about gender and sexuality, you should defiantly follow her.

7. Ebony & Denise or Oliviahas2moms

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Ebony and Denise are a lesbian couple who have a beautiful daughter named Olivia, and *spoiler alert* twin boys on the way. Ebony and Denise vlog about their daily life, their  TTC journey, and have also vlogged both of their pregnancies. I have enjoyed watching their family grow over the years; they are such a cute family!

8. Chandler N Wilson

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Chandler is an agender  youtuber who creates educational LGBT content as well as vlogs.  Chandler is incredibly smart and articulate, and has taught me a lot about the trans community.

9. Amanda McKenna or AmandasChronciles

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Amanda is a lesbian youtuber who makes videos that are super creative. She’s hilarious and has really interesting¬†content ideas, that always turn out well. Some of her videos include coming out to strangers, bathing in TruMoo, and dying her leg hair different colors. She always puts a smile on my face and someone who I could just listen to talk for hours.

10. Scott Hoying & Mitch Grassi or Superfruit

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Scott and Mitch are 2/5 of the spectacular a cappella ¬†group Pentatonix. They are both gay and make videos about LGBT topics, do Q&A’s, and have recently released some music together. They’re both really funny, especially Mitch, and have insane talent.

 

These are just a few of my favorites, but there are many more I like. I am a white, cisgender,  gay girl so these youtubers may reflect that. I tried to make the list diverse in race, sexuality, and gender, while also staying true to the youtubers I thoroughly enjoy.  Leave a comment below with your favorite queer youtubers!