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.

Why I Use "Queer" Instead of Lesbian

When I come out to people, I'm generally asked to explain why I use "queer" instead of lesbian to identify myself. There isn't really a short answer; there are a lot of reasons why I make this distinction for myself. But while I of course can't…
By Maya M

Quotes For People Struggling With Their Sexuality

Throughout June, people all over the world celebrated the lives, histories, and legacies of LGBTQ people, and if you're an openly gay, lesbian, queer, trans, or gender non-conforming person, chances are the festivities were of some level of…
By Maya M

These GIFs Show What It's Like Being LGBTQ Today

Being the visual society that we are, sometimes things are better understood via images, whether they're photographs or pieces of art, videos, or GIFS. As a queer writer, I spend a lot of time looking for queer-related GIFS — so it's perhaps…
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7 Things Queer Feminists Know To Be True

There are a lot of things feminists in general know to be true, but there are also a lot of specific things that queer feminists know to be true, perhaps better than most, when it comes to the feminist movement. In fact, there's an entire set of…
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7 Safe Spaces For Queer People

In the wake of the recent shootings at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, many LGBTQ people all over the world are feeling the weight of the tragedy. But though the world may feel like a scary place for queer and trans people right now, there's still hope —…
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12 Places I've Been Harassed As A Queer Woman

Although we've made headway in recent years with regards to LGBTQ rights, being an LGBTQ person still isn't easy in today's world. While many communities do play host to specific LGBTQ safe spaces, the sad reality is that the world remains largely…
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5 Anti-Feminist Comments You Get From Your Parents

When it comes to feminism, parents don't always get it. Parents can say anti-feminist things, even if they aren't aware of it; what's more, sometimes these comments are so subtle it may not even seem like they're anti-feminist in the first place.…
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How To Celebrate Pride With Emoji

Pride Month is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate this important time than with everyone's favorite little smartphone pictograms? We've already talked about lots of different ways to celebrate this month, but it's worth thinking about…
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7 Websites All Feminists Should Know

For all the people in the world — young, old, and in between — who are realizing that feminism is a rad movement and that the dismantling of the patriarchy is essential, there's no better time than the 21st century to expand your knowledge. Why?…
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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 the difference between living happily and openly…
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7 LGBTQ YouTube Channels To Follow

If you're anything like me, you have a tendency to spend hours upon hours of your life each week wandering around the internet, whether its listening to weird music, getting sucked into the 2016 election media vortex, or watching way too many videos…
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These Are The Best Things About Pride Day

It's finally my favorite time of the year! June marks Pride Month in many cities both in the United States and abroad, with the most exciting event during the month-long celebration being Pride Day itself: The actual day of the Pride Festival and…
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Ways Internalized Misogyny Sneaks Into Friendships

It's no secret that we live in a sexist and misogynist society, but sometimes the way misogyny sneaks into our daily lives can be a secret — or at least, it can be extremely subtle, particularly with regards to our friendships. Indeed, there are a…
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5 Awesome LGBTQ Twitters To Follow

Pride Month is fast approaching, so in preparation for the most LGBTQ-friendly month of the year, let's talk about some of the best LGBTQ Twitter accounts to follow to brush up on your LGBTQ news, queer theory, and general gay wittiness. As a queer…
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5 Subtle Ways Heteronormativity Sneaks In

Let's talk heteronormativity, baby. For queer people all over the world (and for non-queer people, too — as is the case with so many things, heteronormativity can be harmful for everyone), heteronormativity can hit in unexpected ways, at unexpected…
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5 Ways To Prepare For Pride Month

It's almost that time of year again, folks. The first day of June marks the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month all over the world. Many LGBTQ people and allies wait all year for this one month; the streets are literally painted rainbow colors,…
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How 5 Queer Women Came Out

Everyone has a different coming out story, including prominent celebrities, journalists, politicians, athletes, and writers who happen to be gay. When I came out in 2011, reading the stories of how different queer women come out really helped me…
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Backhanded Compliments Queer Women Are So Over

There are a lot of negatives and hardships that come with being a queer woman, but usually queer women don't expect those hardships and trials to come in the form of compliments. Oftentimes, though, compliments paid to compliments queer woman are…
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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 different ways to get started on your journey, and…
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What It's Like To Be A Queer Woman Of Color

If you've ever seen The L Word, you already know queer women like to form cliques — partially because it's great talking about hot girls with other hot girls, and partially because no one will understand you better than a community of like-minded…
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