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Crystal LaBeija, 1967

the LEGENDARY Crystal LaBeija



Hey there, I’m Jahaira. I’m a woman of trans experience out of Louisville, KY. I began living my truth almost 17 years ago as a sophmore in high school in Boston, MA. My first real sense of community and affirmation started in the underground Harlem Ballroom scene, made famous by the documentary Paris is Burning and now a worldwide phenomenon.
Ballroom was the first arena in which I saw transwomen being celebrated and affirmed for their unique talents, and it was there that I built confidence and self-esteem. I worked my way up the ranks to Legendary status, mainly so that I could offer a frame of reference to young plus-size girls who approached Ballroom with the same wide-eyed curiosity that I had so long ago. I’m a proud member of the Legendary House of Balenciaga, and continue to be awed by the way that my House family validates and encourages its trans* members. 
Outside of Ballroom, my YouTube channel provides an outlet for me to empower all women (trans and cis) to stand in their truth and live their best lives. It is through this  medium that I find grace in commonality and shared experience. Feel free to reach out to me through there or my Twitter page. #FolksLikeUs should stick together.I am Jahaira: vlogger, woman, cuddler, mom, and legend.
I Am #RedefiningRealness.

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via hick-ups:

A photograph from the 1870’s showing tens of thousands of bison skulls. They were mass slaughtered by the U.S. Army to make room for cattle and force Native American tribes into starvation.

[bolding mine]
Mass slaughter of buffalo and bison took place in Canadian territory as well, and was part of a deliberate campaign to break Indigenous resistance to (further) settler incursions onto Native land and the railroad.  The removal of the buffalo also meant that when it came time to sign treaties, the Canadian government could more or less set any terms it saw fit and Indigenous leaders basically had to comply with them or their people would freeze and starve (that’s if gov officials even bothered to translate the actual terms of the treaty at all).
The “disappearance” of the buffalo is narrativized as part of a larger myth surrounding the “disappearing Indian” whose absence clears the land for the incoming white pioneers to take their place.  The murder, destruction, slaughter of bison and buffalo was a tactic essential to the genocidal colonial project. 



David Wojnarowicz wore this jacket in 1988, just 4 years before he’d ultimately die from AIDS. Sadly, just a few years ago some of his artistic work was censored at the Smithsonian. People in power are still content to try and erase his history and the continued struggles of people with AIDS

everyone everywhere please please please reblog this important artist. 


Orchid mantis devouring a green bottle fly
Photo credit: Lessy Sebastian


Fox sleeping in a graveyard.

Makes me wonder about reincarnation

this is seriously so beautiful