"The majority of me was happy with the way my life was. But I still had one question. Was I gay or bi or straight? Now all my back surgery was done and I was in a better place mentally, physically and academically I could work out that final piece of the puzzle that makes me, me. I had two boyfriends both of which never lasted more than 8 weeks. I felt uncomfortable I wasn’t getting excited the way I should. I then had a very complicated relationship with a straight girl. I got excited and felt things I never had before and experienced an intimate relationship which I was comfortable with and wanted despite the complications. Sadly because of differences in our feelings it was best to part ways so we could both be true to ourselves and be happy. It was here it became apparent that I was definitely gay and all I had to do was accept myself. Once I had come to terms with this is who I am, I gradually told friends and family. I came out gradually over the ages of 17-19. Once I knew the people I loved, loved me regardless, I was finally at peace with all of me. I’m now 23 and working part time for ITV News Meridian. I said I always wanted to work in TV now I am. I volunteer at my local radio station and am an ambassador for my local LGBT Alliance Facebook group. There were good days despite a challenging start to life. I did have a childhood growing up going to various holiday camps and making family friends for life. This is just some of my journey if you want to know more about me or my conditions please contact me. There are good days and there are bad days, but I’m living my life the best I can. But for now I’m happy and content with who I am and focusing my life on helping others. I hope my story shows that, no matter what challenges you face or cards you’ve been dealt, you can always fight for a better life that you make for yourself." Continue reading "Beneath The Surface" by Jess Brown in our bio. Have a story to tell? ✨ Go to ✨Artwork by @sarashakeel #Shethority #BeneathTheSurface
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" - #FridaKahlo 🦋 #HappyFriday #Shethority #QOTD
What does everyone think about the new @gillette ad? ⚡️Shaving company Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive masculinity. Engaging with the #MeToo movement, the company’s new advertising campaign plays on its 30-year tagline “The best a man can get”, replacing it with “The best men can be”. The advertisement features news clips of reporting on the #MeToo movement, as well as images showing sexism in films, in boardrooms, and of violence between boys, with a voice over saying: “Bullying, the MeToo movement against sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, is this the best a man can get?” The film, called We Believe: the Best Men Can Be, immediately went viral with more than 4m views on YouTube in 48 hours and generated both lavish praise and angry criticism. Watch the full video in our bio #TheBestMenCanBe #Gilette #ThursdayThoughts #RealMenAreFeminists 💪
"I moved out from my parents’ house when I was 19. I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t feel like I was trapped. I couldn’t handle the arguments. I was on my own at this point. I fell into the darkest hole. I never felt so alone in my entire life. I felt like I was hopeless, I felt like I was a failure to myself, I hated everything about myself; the way I looked, sounded, felt inside. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was hanging out with the wrong crowds, really feeling like I was becoming the person I feared as a kid. Two years into living on my own, I started to change for the better. I moved across town. Becoming someone totally different, someone I loved… But that all changed in a heartbeat. One thing lead to another. I again fell into another dark hole. It was the worse year I could possibly remember. One little comment changed my whole life. I kept asking myself “What is wrong with me? What am I doing that is making everyone do this to me?” I took a step back from everyone and started to focus on myself. Started to really talk about everything I had bundled up for years and talked to my closest friends. I then started watching Supergirl. I instantly fell in love with what/who Kara was. I never felt so much like a character in my life. I mean I’m no alien at all, but finding someone who doesn’t feel like she belongs on this planet, felt like my life." Continue reading "Your Past Does Not Define You" by Cheyanna Van Herwaarden in our bio ☝️ Artwork by @recipesforselflove 💞 #Shethority #WednesdayWisdom
#SongOfTheDay : "1950" by @kingprincess69 💞 A song inspired by one of her favourite books, 1952’s The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, which became the film Carol, and draws parallels between hidden desire and queer love. It’s a song full of longing and desperate intensity. “Historically a publicly unaccepted but incredibly rich culture, queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms,” the super smart artist shared on release. “I wrote this song as a story of unrequited love in my own life, doing my best to acknowledge and pay homage to that part of history.” Her husky vocals tell listeners: “I hate it when dudes try to chase me, but I love it when you try to save me”. Head to our bio to listen to the full song 💛💙💜💚❤️️ #Queer #LGBTQ + #KingPrincess #MondayMood #Shethority
✨ Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it. ✨ #SundayMood #DailyMotivation #Shethority
"I have been tossed and turned by the tide, being left with nothing but the taste of salt, sand and defeat in my mouth. Rain has left me shivering, shaking and in desperate need of shelter, only to see an empty plane before me. My legs have given out from under me, sinking into the ground, leaving me paralyzed and shattered. But I am grateful for every second this storm, and all that it gave me." Continue reading "I Am Grateful For the Storm, It Made Me Into Lightning" ⚡ by Anonymous in our bio. Have a story to share? Go to #Shethority #Featured #Lightning #SaturdayMotivation 💫
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave a footprints in your heart." - #EleanorRoosevelt 🤗 Tag your #BestFriend !
"This one’s for the girls. And for the boys. And for everyone who’s another shade in the LGBTQ+ rainbow. In elementary school, I always felt like there was a rift in the system where I couldn’t quite grasp the real me. There were so many people around me telling me what it meant to be a girl – what it meant to be female. And they didn’t have to use words, I could gauge the idea by the way they acted, by the way society formed around me. The questions my classmates had as I slowly shortened my hair and moved from wearing the dresses my mom picked out to the jean shorts and camouflage shirts that I thought were so cool in third grade. I even made such a huge deal about being allowed to wear a bandana in school (because I was so uncomfortable without it) that my parents and the principal came to an agreement and they let me wear it in class. I don’t think I really knew what was going on inside me at the time. I didn’t have any clue that there were people in the world who weren’t “typical.” I didn’t know what gay was. I didn’t know what it meant to be queer, lesbian, or even what straight meant. I was 9 and all I knew was that I felt different. I felt uncomfortable in girls clothes. I didn’t feel like myself in anything but a baggy pair of basketball shorts and a boys long sleeve shirt. And I will never be able to thank my mom and dad enough for pushing for me. For being supportive and letting me express myself in a way that they didn’t even understand yet. Yes, my mom would ask me if I wanted to try on girls clothes while we were shopping, but when I said no and we redirected to the boys section she never failed to smile and help me pick out clothes." Continue reading "This One's For Everyone" by Jordan in our bio 🌈 #LGBTQ + #LGBT #Queer #ComeAsYouAre 🙌
Well said @ashleylongshoreart 👏 Here's some #WednesdayWisdom for you all! #Repost : "Sometimes, you have to give um the finger and do it your own damn way!!! Three things I wish: 1. A 2. Bitch 3. Would You CAN do all kinds of things but WOULD you??? 1. Start your own company 2. Stop saying Im sorry all the damn time. Women do this A LOT 3. Tell yourself the reasons why you love your body, not why you fucking hate it 4. Get involved in shit you believe in 5. Eat a cookie without hating yourself 6. Keep your own damn bank account so you always have access to your own money so you dont have to beg for it or blow for it.. 7. Stay away from mean gossiping women 8. Surround yourself with strong wise mentors who inspire you and make you wanna be a better version of yourself.... 9. Turn up your favorite music and dance wildy by yourself at least once a week. ( i prefer to do this naked but that is optional) 10... be proud of the person you are and EVERY little accomplishment. They add up...i love you... have a great day!! Im headed to paint... this is my new RBG 60x48 #ashleylongshore #fuckyeah #popart #rbg RBG is wearing @amorirstudio glasses. My fucking favorite." - Ashley Longshore #Shethority 🖕
I’m not crying.. you are. What a way to start the day! 😍 #Empowerment #FatherDaughter #Goals #Love #DailyMotivation 🙏💪✨
"Supporting each other, and supporting yourself, is crucial to success. The support of family and friends can inspire and remind someone not to give up on the goal in their mind. Even off-hand encouragement from strangers, sometimes especially from strangers, helps someone see the joy around and within them. I will never forget the faces of the two women who made conversation with me while we waited for a storm to pass. “I’m studying to be a writer,” I told them, “I want to write movies and TV shows.” Their faces lit up. “Remember us when you give your speech at the Oscars!” These women had never met me, and we were simply making small talk while hiding from the nearby thunder. But they did not miss the chance to make me smile, and to remind me that love comes from the most unexpected places. I was well-informed of the risks I was taking by going to school to learn how to write professionally. I had been writing for 11 years when I entered college at 18. I was aware of my microscopic chance of success, of making it big exactly how I dreamed I would. But I’m trying, and that’s step one. And, I was lucky. I had ample backup. Both my parents supported me. My friends and peers, who had been watching the writer inside me blossom and grow for 11 years, stood by the idea that I could write. A statement they would assure me of even at 12 years old. One of my notebooks from 7th grade has “Amanda could do it” scrawled on the back. One of the nearby boys had said that to someone nearby, and I wasted no time writing it where I could always see it. I never wanted to forget that feeling, and I have been fortunate enough not to. Supporting each other, and helping those around you is an admirable action. No wrong can come from it, even when such actions are difficult. It’s easy to tell someone that you want them to chase their dreams. It can be another story altogether when the person you are trying to help doesn’t want to be helped, even if they need it. But doing the right thing, even with risk involved, is an important and undervalued attribute." Continue reading "We Got Your Back" by Amanda Nicklas in our bio 🤝 #Shethority #MondayMood #WeGotYourBack 🙌
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