Coming Out

Hello all,

This morning I posted this photo (warning: a bare butt is shown) to Instagram and Facebook, coming out to my friends and family as bisexual. I've received overwhelming support and kindness, and just wanted to share this with you. I value this community and the strength it has helped me to cultivate 💗

instagram.com/p/Byhv6DLpk__/?i

Update: even her rebuttal (which did not contain the original photo) was removed by Instagram...

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Despite my own fears, my own insecurities, my own wondering whether or not I was doing the “right” thing, my vulnerability was met with overwhelming support—both publicly and privately—by those who have also experienced the moment I was depicting and describing in their own lives.

Whether we want to deal with it or not, we have an epidemic in our society. And we need to change.

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Also, here is the original photo...

Thanks for reading 💗

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As a young woman—especially a young woman who was raised religiously—I am used to being censored. I am used to my voice being censored. I am used to my body being censored. I am used to my mind being fucked.

But I will NOT stop speaking out about this issue. I will NOT hesitate to bear my full self naked in a photo or on the page. I will NOT be silenced.

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We are not having sex in the photo. You cannot see Patrick’s penis. You cannot see my vagina.

Patrick regularly posts nude self-portraits as a part of his “On Mental Illness” series to which this image also belongs. He has never once been accused of violating either social media platform’s Community Guidelines.

I am not ashamed of my mental illness. I am also not ashamed of my body. I am a real, live, human woman with a back and a leg, who also happens to struggle with anxiety.

(Rebuttal continued...)

Earlier this week, Instagram and Facebook removed my post about struggling with a mental illness. Specifically, they removed a photo, that was a reenactment of an actual moment in my life, for violating their Community Guidelines on “nudity or sexual activity”.

While Patrick and I are both naked in the photo, “nudity” is essentially defined as visible genitalia, and “sexual activity” is essentially defined as sexual intercourse.

It makes me sad and angry. This is an important issue, and none of my self-portaits in the series we're removed. I think her rebuttal is worth posting here in the following thread (along with the original photo):

Earlier this week, Instagram and Facebook removed my post about struggling with a mental illness. Specifically, they removed a photo, that was a reenactment of an actual moment in my life, for violating their Community Guidelines on “nudity or sexual activity”.

Body/Censorship/Mental Illness

Hi, all. I do a photo series (mostly of myself) called "On Mental Illness". Recently, I did some photos with my wife, who is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and OCPD.

She shared the image online along with some important words, only to have it deleted the next day by both Instagram and Facebook. Here is a screenshot of Instagram stating that it violates the Community Guidelines on nudity and pornography. She challenged it, but their decision stood.

Exoplanet #5

This one was fun to edit. Rust on an old metal bookcase I own.

Depression | Mental Illness | Dark Imagery 

Much love to you all. I'm so glad I've found this healthy space. Thanks, @mike, for convincing me through your podcasts to join. Much like @vishnu, I was a bit leery of "tooting." But now, I'm into it!

Exoplanet #3

First attempt at a full-view planet, created from a photo of heavy cloud cover in my Baltimore neighborhood 😄

My internal mantra while meditating this morning:

(inhale): I am
(exhale): Here

(in): Here is
(ex): All

(in): All is
(ex): Love

...and repeat :)

*first toot* Hello fellow Mastodonians! ... Mastodonites?...? Er... Liturgists, at least. Excited to try this out!

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