6 Trans and Agender Beauties Disrupting the Status Quo

11/24/2015 As we continue to celebrate our trans siblings this month, I want to show some love to those who have changed the beauty industry, one brushstroke at a time. You think Kylie Jenner learned how to overdraw those lips on her own?  Hell no!  Kim Kardashian, too, has learned a thing or fifty from…

15 Trans Models Changing The Face of The Industry

  Dec 1, 2015 There are a handful of very famous transgender women in the industry who have slowly begun to open up doors for transgender folks everywhere, and countless women behind the scenes, eking out a living while helping their communities.  Through their talent and activism, there are some women out there that are…

9 Ways To Navigate The Holidays with Conservative Family Members

Sometimes finding a balance between respecting and disrespecting my elders is tough. I know that struggle. I grew up in the south, and I was taught to show respect to my elders, regardless of how wrong they are. That’s a hard thing to do when you’re a fat, bisexual, purple-haired, socialist teenager who is totally…

4 Reasons Why We Need Fat Liberation

Jan 4, 2016 I respect anyone who identifies as fat and want them to feel at home within the movement.  I hear Marie Southard Ospina when she feels erased as a smaller-bodied fat activist. There is a place for “small fats” at the table, however sometimes it may be the kid’s table.  It’s important to…

Amber Amour, Rape Survivor, Censored on Instagram

Jan 14, 2016 TW: rape Dang, Instagram… when you step in some misogynist shit, you really step in it. I mean, first you remove an image of poet Rupi Kaur’s innocuous portrait of herself, lying in bed, fully clothed, with a visible menstrual stain and suggest that it does not fit community guidelines.  Most recently to…

My Weekend In The Psych Ward

Jan 19, 2016 (Trigger Warning: suicide, institutionalization) Tonight, I found out that I have lost yet another friend to suicide.  Yet another person whose hand I could have held, whose phone call I would have taken, whose live, warm body could have been in my arms.  Once the initial shock wears off, I am left with…

The History Behind the Super Bowl Sunday Human Trafficking Myth

“Contrary to what well-meaning magazines and organizations may tell you, what Super Bowl Sunday does NOT mean is an increase in violence toward women. Nor does it mean an increase in sex trafficking for the city in which the Super Bowl is held that year…” Read more on Wear Your Voice Mag.com

Introducing Harlot Magazine!

Harlot Magazine  is a digital publication born from the collective minds of UC Santa Cruz lecturer and former professor Anna Reynolds Cooper, writer and plus-size pornographer Kitty Stryker, and trans femme and sex worker activist Jetta Rae Robertson. It could be somewhat accurately dubbed, the trio’s love child. … read more on Wear Your Voice…

Black and Queer: Judge LaDoris Cordell Should Replace Scalia as SCOTUS

A perfect balance to Scalia’s dangerously racist, sexist, and homophobic politics, LaDoris Hazzard Cordell has been an integral member of California’s judicial system and political sphere for decades. “In my view, the criminal justice system is broken and it’s also my view is that it can be fixed. It isn’t just one thing that needs…

Queer Fashion Week, 2015 (#QFW2015)

Bertha Pearl, a friend of mine and the owner of Size Queen Clothing, was showing her clothing at the first ever Queer Fashion Week in Oakland, CA last year. Like most first time events, there were a couple of hitches, but thanks to the professionalism of the crew and designers, these hiccups were totally invisible…

Laurel by Nicole Kondra Photography.

January, 2012. I did a product shoot for Mag-Big (now known as ALTAR), Hubris Designs, and Clair Vintage Inspired back in 2012.  I served as stylist for the shoot, but ended up tossing on my favorite shirt from the Mag-Big collection and my favorite Iron Oxide necklace.  Nicole Kondra captured it all.