Recommendation: Born This Way Blog

A reader recommends…

In their own words Born This Way Blog is, “A photo/essay project for gay viewers (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12), with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves. It’s OUR nature, our TRUTH!”

Although the emphasis is placed on sexuality instead of gender, the pictures submitted are almost entirely of cute children breaking free of their assigned gender roles in small or big ways.

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Posted by on November 7th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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7 Responses to “Recommendation: Born This Way Blog”

  1. Paul V.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Xmech!
    I hope people enjoy my blog!
    xo – Paul V.


  2. Anonymous

    i love the idea of this blog but i wish it didn’t seem so… mainstream hrc…. i don’t know? i wish i felt included in it. sure, i’m queer, but when there’s language like “male and female” in the place i kind of heave a sigh.


  3. Paul V.

    Dear Anonymous – every story and photo on the blog is SELF-SUBMITTED by each person, no matter what their story is:
    L, G, B, T, Q, I etc.

    You just need to TELL your story for how it fits YOU, or how you feel you identify yourself. As long as you don’t identify as strictly heterosexual, your story is just as welcomed as everyone else’s!


    shaedofblue replied:

    That does not address your language choices. And I see that you’ve gotten rid of the male and female bit, but you still use “gay” as if that covers everyone who isn’t heterosexual.

    It doesn’t, and such usage alienates people who are not straight or gay (and straight trans people, who certain elements of the gay community like to shove under the label “gay”).

    So be consistent. Either this is a project for gay people, or it is a project for LGBTQ people. It is offensive and harmful to treat these groups/terms as interchangeable, and reflects the marginalizing behavior of groups like the HRC.


    Reilly replied:

    But still, even LGBTQ isn’t totally all-inclusive. I understand that it is generally used as a blanket term, but what asexual or pansexual people?I personally think that queer is a bit better, but some people don’t like that either…


  4. Paul V.

    Well shaedofblue, perhaps you can create your own blog that you feel uses the right language to cover everyone. I think the average person knows exactly what the blog is saying, and
    who is posted there.

    But seriously:
    “It is offensive and harmful to treat these groups/terms as interchangeable, and reflects the marginalizing behavior of
    groups like the HRC.”



    boxfish replied:

    Wow, how childish and unhelpful. Someone points out that the language on your site is not inclusive, and this is your response?


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