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Raquel Willis is writer, journalist, activist and media maven based in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in journalism in 2013 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has worked in the news media through newspapers and, currently, through online publications. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Autostraddle, Medium’s Cuepoint and ForHarriet. Raquel wants to use her voice and talents to inspire and uplift marginalized individuals, particularly trans women of color.
Mulheres trans aprendem a se sentir gratas por qualquer migalha de afeto. Em minha vida amorosa, já fui relegada a um papel de professora e terapeuta – e muitas vezes temi pela minha segurança.
I've always been the kind of feminist to speak out against cisnormative and patriarchal beauty standards. But as a black trans woman, getting my breasts augmented would make me feel safer in public, and help me feel more at home in my body. Could I reconcile cosmetic surgery with my feminist ideals?
Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive. I'm relegated to the role of teacher and therapist in my dating life — and too often, I fear for my safety.