Editor’s Post: Welcome to Women Like Us

Editor

September 2020

Welcome to Women Like Us. Make yourself comfortable. Pull up a chair. There’s tea in the pot. Have a look around, and you’ll find blogs by incredible LGBTQ+ women, our inspirational life stories, our art and our poetry.

The original vision for Women Like Us was as a spin-off of my work as a ghostwriter. I’ve become obsessed with the stories of women, particularly LGBTQ+ women, and I wanted to find another way to present my work, create a platform for other writers and artists, and maybe even a community for queer women to come together and share stories.

I only know the LGBTQ+ experience from my own perspective, and I wanted to change that, so I decided to go out and interview other LGBTQ+ women, specifically about the most challenging, life-changing moments of their lives, and how they overcame them, how they were changed by them.

“That’s really what Women Like Us is all about: the hope that we might find ourselves in the words, and empathy for others, that it might help us on this path is some small way … and that we might be inspired, cry, laugh and smile together.”

We are all so different and, sadly, this divides us at times. I’m not sure why that should be when we’re united by so many common challenges. Maybe reading about each other’s lives without judgment will help to bring us together. L+G+B+T+Q+any other queer letter that you want to throw in, all in it together.

What They Told You: Check out Poetry by Louise Clare Dalton

Learning to live honestly and openly has been a lifelong, rewarding challenge for me. Being open about my own struggles has made me a happier person, and brought me closer to others. Equally, exposure to the stories of other women, seeing myself in them, relating to their struggles, realising that I’m not alone, is always healing, and that’s really what Women Like Us is all about: the hope that we might find ourselves in the words, and empathy for others, that it might help us on this path is some small way … and that we might be inspired, cry, laugh and smile together.

This month, check out Joni’s trans-nightmare in Primark and read how BLM activist Shona overcame race and sexuality hate to become a celebrated burlesque performer. Art is provided by Asperger’s monochrome artist Nick Copsey, Spoken Word Poetry by feminist poet Louise Clare Dalton. And you can meet all of our bloggers, including the Chronically Fabulous Josie Quinn, Kirsten Day the Lesbian Cliché, our Trans Triathlete Kimberley Drain, and more.

If you have a story to tell, or would like us to showcase your art or poetry, find out how you can get involved.

Enjoy.

Hayley

www.hayleyshermanwriter.com  

Editor’s Post: Welcome to Women Like Us

“We are all so different and, sadly, this divides us at times. I’m not sure why that should be when we’re united by so many common challenges. Maybe reading about each other’s lives without judgment will help to bring us together. L+G+B+T+Q+any other queer letter that you want to throw in, all in it together.”

OUR LIVES: Growing Up Hated … Shona’s Story

“I’ve been hated for my skin colour, for my sexuality, for my mental health, things I can’t change. People are going to hate me whatever, so I might as well be who I am. I don’t care what people think anymore.”

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