Maya M
Maya M. is a queer brown lady attending college in the Northeast to become a better writer. When she's not busy Bustling, she can be found making edits to someone else's writing, being awkward at a party, or watching Keeping up With the Kardashians. Maya uses a pen name to protect her identity.

Latest Articles

The Best Places To Move If You're Queer

In May and June, hundreds of thousands of people graduate colleges around the country and start looking for jobs. For many people, looking for a location is important, but for queer people it may be t...
By Maya M

5 Apps For Newly Out Queer Woman

So, you just came out to yourself, your family, your friends, and/or the world and are ready to solidify your identity as a queer lady in this big, bad world. What now? Of course there are countless d...
By Maya M

Common Questions I Get Asked As A Muslim Woman

People have long made false and harmful assumptions about Muslim people, and that's all the more true after 2001. As a Muslim woman, with a Muslim family, and a very Muslim name, I get asked a lot of ...
By Maya M

"Guilty Pleasures" You Shouldn't Feel Guilty About

People tend to separate the things they like to do into two categories: their pleasures and their "guilty" pleasures. Pleasures tend to be hobbies and interests people openly talk about enjoying, like...
By Maya M

5 Netflix Hacks That Will Change Your Life

In case you haven't noticed, Netflix is taking over the world. With dozens of new titles each month, a growing vault of original content, and increasing popularity among Millennials who would rather h...
By Maya M

5 Things Women Of Color Deal With Online

Ah, the Internet — a place place both intangible and real, ephemeral yet permanent, where you can find anything as long as you're willing to pick through the trolls to do it. It's a wonderfully vast p...
By Maya M

5 LGBTQ-Friendly U.S. Travel Destinations

Travelling while lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or otherwise non-conforming is no easy task. Even in the United States, it's no secret that there are pockets of the country that aren't particu...
By Maya M

Don't Say This To Someone Who Just Came Out

Coming out can be a lot of different things for the person doing it: Exhilarating, nerve-wracking, painful, upsetting, wonderful, all of the above, none of the above — the possibilities are endless. W...
By Maya M

Why Queer Women Have It Hard In The Workplace

There is not a single doubt that both popular opinion and legislation regarding LGBTQ rights in the United States has progressed throughout the history of this country, becoming more tolerant, inclusi...
By Maya M

If We Were Actually Honest About Sex...

It's no secret that the way sex is depicted in the media isn't always ... well, realistic. Most of the time, it's chic and glamorous, with none of the messiness — either literal or metaphorical — that...
By Maya M

What Would You Do If Your Child Were Gay?

Different countries around the world have different sentiments towards LGBTQ communities, with some being far more accepting than others. In order to find out how the general attitudes of some countri...
By Maya M

This Is What A Smartphone Sex Toy Looks Like

I'll be the first to admit that any time I'm lying down and my phone starts to vibrate, I seriously consider testing it out as a vibrator. If you, too, are someone who just can't shake that thought fr...
By Maya M

5 Things People With OCD Are Tired Of Hearing

I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) during my freshman year of college, and I was pretty surprised because, like most people, I basically only had one understanding of what OCD co...
By Maya M

An Anal Sex Guide For Lesbians

Anal sex: it's perhaps one of the most controversial phrases in the English language, comprised of two of the most controversial words in the English language — which is part of the reason anal sex fo...
By Maya M

Lesbians Ask Gay Men A Whole Bunch Of Questions

In a new video, "Lesbian Women Have Questions For Gay Men," BuzzFeed sends out a group of lesbian women to ask gay men questions about certain stereotypes associated with the gay male community, facet...
By Maya M

5 Things That Make LGBTQ Women Feel Healthy

What makes you feel healthy, both mentally and physically? The 2015 Autostraddle Grown-Ups survey, which sets out to better understand queer women and non-binary people over the age of 29, recently at...
By Maya M

5 Myths About Bisexuality, Busted

Queer History Month is observed in October in the United States, and National Coming Out Day is observed every year on Oct. 11 — so in honor of both occasions, BuzzFeed Yellow recently spoke to severa...
By Maya M

What Sexting Would Look Like IRL

Sexting can be really great. It can also, however, be really awkward — and as The Daily Dot and two of The Blogologues' co-founders just proved, some things should just never be uttered aloud. In thei...
By Maya M

Apple and Android Users Do This Differently

The iPhone versus Android debate mostly focuses on the hardware, software, and functionality of each device and operating system, but there's one more thing that makes the two devices — and their user...
By Maya M

This Comedian Nails Why We Need Planned Parenthood

Comedian Cameron Esposito's take on Planned Parenthood has all the hallmarks of her work: Her strong stage presence, her bold style, and her LGBT-themed points and jokes.This time, though, she not onl...
By Maya M