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Tag Archives: Family
Become a Citizen of Hope
On October 2, 2012, a team of surgeons at City of Hope medical center sliced open my brother and saw a body wracked with cancer. Nevertheless, they kept cutting, determined to remove what they could of this invasive leech eating him … Continue reading
Posted in Featured, Headline, Off Our Chests, Organizations/Companies, Personal, Stuff We Love Tagged Andrew, cancer, Family, featured, feelings, fuck cancer, grief, hope, personal, personal story 1 Comment
My Dad and Guy Kawasaki, a.k.a. The Importance of Talking About Feminism and Stereotyping
Right after the whole titcircle debacle, I was sent a link to an article on the Huffington Post written by Peg Fitzpatrick called “Words Have Power, Use Them Wisely.” Peg Fitzpatrick is the assistant to Guy Kawasaki, one of the … Continue reading
Posted in Alternative Families, Essays, Events, Featured, Feminism, Headline, LGBT/Queer Politics, Off Our Chests, Opinions, Personal, Politics Tagged Andrew, BlogHer, BlogHer13, cancer, Family, fat, fear, feature, featured, feminism, feminist, gay, grief, personal, personal story, relationships, sexism, shame 1 Comment
Wilted Orchids, Deep Roots a.k.a. How to Plan for a Funeral
How do you decorate for a party you never wanted to attend? How do you fill a room with cheer when no cheer can possibly be found? “What would he want?” we asked ourselves over and over again, as if … Continue reading
Posted in Confessions, Essays, Off Our Chests, Opinions, Personal, Uncategorized Tagged cancer, Family, fear, feelings, grief, love, personal, personal story 4 Comments
Today was my grandfather’s funeral and for it, I wrote a speech. Just like I did for my grandmother‘s and brother‘s funerals. In 18 months, I’ve written three speeches for three family members’ funerals. I’m proud of all three speeches, … Continue reading
The Self-Deprecating Rabbit Hole
It’s amazing how quickly I can fall down the self-deprecating rabbit hole. One simple image sends a million negative thoughts racing to the front of my brain and soon I’m falling over, tripping into the void of despair, hating things … Continue reading
Posted in Body Positivity, Featured, Personal Tagged body image, Family, fat, fear, gay, insecurities, lesbian, personal, personal story, plus-size, queer, relationships, shame 8 Comments
To Lauren: You are the usual colorful character I’ve grown to love, the sex-talking guru who I and many others can always seek advice from, and the friend whose friendship with I admire the most. You are Queerie Bradshaw, the … Continue reading
Posted in Off Our Chests, Other, People, Queerie Bradshaw Tagged brother, cancer, Family, friend, fuck cancer, love, sisters 1 Comment
For My Brother, Andrew Joseph Fleming, November 21, 1986 to November 5, 2012
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the … Continue reading
Posted in Featured, Off Our Chests Tagged Andrew, cancer, death, Family, grief, personal 14 Comments
Relationships: Settling For Crumbs When You Deserve Cake
I hate that point in a relationship where your love turns to frustration and everything that used to tug at your heart now yanks on your nerves. That point when you have to face how long you went without your … Continue reading
Posted in Featured, Headline, Queerie Bradshaw, Relationships Tagged boi, bottoms, emotions, Family, featured, femme, love, personal, personal story, relationships, Sex, shame, tops 15 Comments
Sex: Mother Knows Best, aka Sex Tips from my Mom
The best sex advice I’ve ever gotten wasn’t from a magazine, a website, or a step-by-step guide to blowjobs on somebody’s random Tumblr (although that last one was very helpful). No, the best sex advice I’ve ever gotten was—surprise!—from my … Continue reading
Posted in Essays, Featured, Off Our Chests, Sex Tagged Family, mother, personal story, Sex, sex advice 3 Comments
Happy Anniversary Heartache
The youngest addition of my family turned one last week, right about the time I moved back to Oregon. This day marks the one year anniversary of her birth, which was a frightfully early and dangerous one involving copious bleeding … Continue reading
Posted in Essays, Featured, Headline, Off Our Chests Tagged cancer, Family, life, personal, personal story 9 Comments