My May challenges were a mixed bag. I did not write every day, but I have rid myself of more than 31 items over the course of the month. I really enjoyed this challenge as a way to clean out and de-clutter. Although I did not write every day, I did spend a lot of time writing out my thoughts and feelings on gender in my pieces "My Third Adolescence: Gender" and "All about E/e," which I am very proud of. They both helped me work out and communicate some important feelings and desires. Other than these pieces, most of my writing consisted of taking notes on brands/websites/things I want to learn more about and the book I am currently reading. More on that later.
Ridding myself of 31 items over the 31 days of the month was an easy challenge. I highly recommend this challenge to anyone who feels that they have too much stuff. It feels overwhelming to tackle the huge chore of cleaning out all at once, but one item each day is an extremely manageable goal. The majority of the items I got rid of were clothes. I am donating them, despite recently learning some unsettling truths about what happens to donated clothing. It turns out that the majority of the clothing we donate is deemed unwearable, and is taken by textile recyclers to be shipped overseas (which has pluses and minuses), or re-purposed into insulation or wiping cloths. To find out more about textile recycling check out this article. New York City has a clothing recycling program called Greenmarket Clothing Collection (a subset of GrowNYC), which is where my clothing will be sent.
Now for my June challenges. It has become difficult for me to come up with new things to take away (if anyone has ideas I would love to hear them), so I turned to an article for ideas. This month, my take-away challenge will by lying. This seems like an odd challenge, because I don’t believe that I lie very often. I believe that the only lies I ever tell are insignificant white lies, but I am curious to find out how true this belief is. I am hoping that this challenge helps me become more mindful about what I am saying, and learn why I would choose to tell a lie. I am curious to see how being mindful about telling the whole truth for 30 days will present itself.
My add-in challenge this month will be reading for at least 15 minutes every day. I have been reading quite a lot this entire year, partly thanks to Queer Book Club. I am hoping to ramp up my reading this month by challenging myself to read every day. I am currently working on a massive book called The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman. I am hoping this challenge will give me steam to finish this book, move on to the next QBC book, and also start working on the books I received from a book exchange I recently participated in!
In other news, June brings pride month! I am extremely excited because this will be my first ever NYC pride. Pride coincides with the end of the school year, so my family was always on vacation for the pride celebrations, but not this year! Not only am I excited to celebrate and experience NYC pride, but I am excited to work booths for the HRC at various pride events. My excitement for pride is exponentially larger thanks to The Gay Revolution. I now know more history about the pride celebration which lends it an incredible amount of significance. The pride celebration in NYC began with The Stonewall Riots. These riots were momentous as the first time the gay community took a stand of this nature for equality. These riots (the weekend of June 28, 1969) followed in the footsteps of other civil rights movements, and were fueled by a younger generation; a generation that piggybacked on decades of hard work by people fighting for equality in education, employment, housing and legislation at a time when being openly gay could have you institutionalized. Learn more about the history of NYC Pride.
The month of June will also be spent working on a new, secret for now, gender/lgbtq+ related project that I am starting. If anyone is interested in getting involved (writing/designing/photographing/brainstorming), please let me know and I can fill you in on more details. So, that is all for now. Off to de-clutter, clean, read and work on my project!
Until next time,
Thank you. I love you.
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