Being fat carries with it a lot of cultural baggage. At the same time, fat people, especially fat women, are supposed to pretend we don’t exist or that we’re not fat. I can’t count the number of times thin people have made reference to fat people or fatness in a negative or joking way in front of me, from the petite woman sitting next to me at the coffee shop complaining about fat people on airplanes, to my friends who routinely make jokes about their “inner fat kids” coming out when they eat a lot, to the women in my family who compete to see who can look the thinnest in family photos. Sometimes it feels like I’m not even there, or that I’m not supposed to be. - Lisa C. Knisely
Lesbian Brit Kidnapped to Be ‘Cured’ in Congo
LGBT activist (and British national) Christina Fonthes tweeted a cry for help from a family vacation in Kinshasa, claiming her mom was handing her over to a Congolese group that ‘fixes’ homosexuality.
At first, she and a friend escaped to the British Embassy in Kinshasa for legal advice and flight information. But upon departing the embassy for unknown reasons, she and her friend was arrested. She is now back in the custody of her mother and is in “very real danger.”
Here is a link of her blog: http://musingsofacongoleselesbian.wordpress.com/about/
As well as tweet updates from the organization she works for: https://twitter.com/RainbowNoirMCR
The organization, Rainbow Noir is in the process of putting a press release to media outlets. Please spread the word and pray this beautiful fellow QWOC is safe and back home.