‘Love the Skin You’re In’ presents queer youth with an opportunity to send positive and affirming messages. These messages relate to the themes of Body Positivity and Self-Love. The information is displayed through artistic endeavours. Any type of art is an option! Some submissions include photography, poetry, visual art, and film.
My personal experience has inspired the creation of “Love the Skin You’re In.” As a gay man I’ve felt a lot of pressure to look and act a certain way, so that I may be accepted by the queer community. I often feel like it’s expected of me to be thin and muscular. For instance, if I google image search the two words “Gay Men,” most of the images that arise are of muscular and/or thin men. Sadly, most gay men don’t represent these images. Gay men have a diverse array of body shapes and sizes. It becomes problematic when our media sources only portray gay men as a trope, looking and acting only one way. We are more than a stereotype. As queers, we are diverse; we create a beautiful prismatic mosaic of sexual and gender identity. This art shines a light into the prism of human wisdom, allowing for great diversity and self-determination.
We want to know what you think about body positivity and self-love. Do you have any stories or knowledge to share?