Growing up in the Bible Belt in the early 2000s, I had very little, if any, positive representation of LGBTQ+ folks. It wasn’t until my early 20s that I encountered stories of queer young adults discovering and owning their identities, and it was nothing short of life-changing. I finally saw and understood my authentic self … Continue reading ~ sapphic summer reading list ~
Valentine's Day is the biggest day of the year for the commercial flower industry. Most people grab a bouquet from their local supermarket and don't think twice about it. But do you know what it took for those flowers to get to you? The US imports nearly 80% of it's flowers, and the majority come … Continue reading It’s Valentine’s Day. Do you know where your flowers come from?
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with admiration for a woman that you’re quick to chirp out the expression “She is such a goddess!”? What was it about her that prompted such an exclamation? Her beauty? Her wisdom? Her tall figure? Was it some amalgamation of all the ‘best’ qualities that our culture assigns to … Continue reading Oh my Goddess! 5 Goddesses to Obsess Over
Lydia Benitez, a close friend of Release the Women, took a solo trip to France a couple of months ago, thoroughly documenting on Instagram as she went. She was completely vulnerable from the start, sharing the real anxiety and loneliness that overwhelmed her first night. We were captivated by every extremely raw and genuine post … Continue reading Paris is Always a Good Idea
I first met Alex Ike about 20 years ago while her family was on furlough in Georgia. We became fast friends and spent countless hours running around our church building, getting poison ivy in the woods and laughing at everything. Alex is one of those people who makes you feel more like yourself when you're … Continue reading Dear Alex, You Have Really Done It: Interview with Alex Ike