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We Are Not Invisible

By Sarita Ramirez

Sarita Ramirez, T.H.E. Vlogger

Sarita Ramirez, T.H.E. Vlogger

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned in my life, and as I continue in this career path of media, is that we are not invisible, no matter how many times we feel it.

It’s easy to feel disappointed, whether it’s from low-views on your YouTube channel or not enough likes on Instagram or Facebook. It is also hard to remember that you’re part of a community that branches from people’s ability to communicate overseas–digitally!

We are at an age where everything we post is live and available for the world to see! As a “new” YouTube Vlogger, I’ve been pretty down on myself about how low-views my videos have attracted. (Check out my channel here: http://bit.ly/1hmNUpY)

But, they’ve been seen. They’ve been a topic on people’s minds. We all share these experiences that we want to scream out to each other in the world. Why not talk about it? Why not scream it? At the end of the day, it’s not about the number of views of which people saw it. It’s about the impact you’ve made on a viewer’s perspective. A positive comment from a viewer is worth more than 1000 views– and I haven’t reached that number yet!

That’s the postitive way of thinking that should be infectious. Unfortunately, we grow up thinking in numbers and in values.

Value yourselves because as always, we stand together

– Sarita Ramirez

Check Out Sarita’s Work:

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Hosting: T.H.E. and OUTmusic Freedom of Expression = Music Equality Video Series, Episode 1
Founder: New Femme On The Block
Co-Founder: Movies á La Queer
Audio Producer: My Lesbian Radio
Twitter: SaritaMRamirez
Instagram: @SaritaMRamirez
Sarita@SaritaRamirez.com

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Uncovering Homophobia

Regardless of the recent outpour of positive LGBT media exposure, homophobia is still prevalent in many areas of the nation and the world. When we speak of homophobia, we tend to picture extreme southern religious groups holding up signs stating, “God hates fags” or “fags are going to hell.” Today, many researchers are still unsure of the initial root of homophobia. However, they are able to predict homophobia in people with certain traits and experiences.

What is Homophobia?

Before we try to understand the origin of homophobia, or those who can be identified as homophobic, we must understand the meaning of homophobia. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, homophobia is the “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuals and homosexuality.” But from what I have experienced, “homophobia” is more than just a fear of gay people. I agree with Suzanne Pharr’s definition. In her article  “Homophobia:  A Weapon of Sexism,” homophobia is defined as “the irrational fear and hatred of those who love and sexually desire the same sex,” especially when same-sex acts are introduced.  Is homophobia, not also acts of violence?

“God Hates Fags!”

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When not examined intelligently and critically, religion can have an enormous impact on groups’ views on homosexuality. It assists in the creation of anti-gay policies and introduces fear. For instance, in Uganda, nearly 80% of Ugandans believe that homosexual behavior is morally wrong. This idea largely originated from American Christians who preached to the Ugandans about demon possession, especially in terms of homosexuality and abortion. A Pew poll found that in Uganda, nearly half the population has witnessed demons or evil spirits being driven out of a person. Exploiting this ignorance, and linking it to homosexuality, is the reason for Ugandans’ and other Africans’ great homophobia. The fear of having demons and/or living with people who have these “demons” not only creates a great fear toward these so-called “demon-possessed groups,” but also a great hatred that may at times result in violence.

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This year, Uganda’s president signed an infamous anti-gay bill that would place someone attracted to the same-sex in prison with a life sentence. Uganda’s position is not a surprising one when it comes to African politics. “Homosexuality” is illegal in more than 35 African countries. It stems from the anti-gay British “sodomy law” that was introduced to Uganda while still a British colony. But due to religion, this anti-gay belief spread throughout the continent like wild fire. It made homophobia nothing less, but a hop, skip, and jump away.

The Homophobic Atheist

Religious groups defend their views on homosexuality using their beliefs. “Don’t blame me. God says it is a sin, therefore it is wrong.”

But is religion the sole reason for homophobia?

If we eliminate religious reasons as the foundation of homophobia, we would be left with people fighting to protect gender norms. This is when we get comments such as, “It is unnatural” or the simple “It is gross.” When an atheist disapproves of homosexuality, they are making a conscious choice. The incentive for the disapproval is a selfish and often sexist one. It assumes that the personal opinion of a majority should be in charge of individual rights. I believe this is part of the reason we still see anti-gay policies in the United States today. And although, many homophobic atheists claim to take no part in religious groups, some homophobic atheists team up with religious groups, because religion is a convenient and often unchallenged justification to mask behind.

Studies show Multifaceted Origins

In most patriarchal societies, homophobia seems to intensify. Many people even blame patriarchy as the lone reason for homophobia, but I disagree. If patriarchy were eliminated homophobia would still exist. There is no such thing as “a root” of homophobia. Homophobia is more than a product of religion, patriarchy, and/or fear; it stems from physiological, social, and demographic variables that seem almost impossible to measure. The best way to measure these roots is by identifying the traits of those who are homophobic.

According to George Herek’s, article, Beyond “homophobia”: A social psychological perspective on attitudes toward lesbians and gay men, homophobia is apt to occur in persons that:

  1. are less likely to have had personal contact with lesbians or gays;
  2. are less likely to report having engaged in homosexual behaviors, or to identify themselves as lesbian or gay;
  3. are more likely to perceive their peers as manifesting negative attitudes, especially if the respondents are males;
  4. are more likely to have resided in areas where negative attitudes are the norm, especially during adolescence;
  5. are likely to be older and less well educated;
  6. are more likely to be religious, to attend church frequently, and to subscribe to a conservative religious ideology;
  7. are more likely to express traditional, restrictive attitudes about sex roles;
  8. are less permissive sexually or manifest more guilt or negativity about sexuality
  9. are more likely to manifest high levels of authoritarianism and related personality characteristics.

From what I have experienced, I agree with George Herek. These persons are at greater risk of becoming homophobic. I have met some of these persons. But is there something we can do to lessen the risk?

Fortunately, I am in a generation that has been experiencing changes and a decrease in homophobic practices in the United States. The risk of people from my generation becoming homophobic is significantly lower than 10 years ago, but as we still see places around the world and in the United States holding on to homophobic pride we go on a hunt for solutions.

How can we eliminate homophobia once and for all?

Do we need to recommend people to hang out with LGBT people?

Do we need to work on improving our education?

Do we need to stop attending church?

Perhaps, the only Solution

When I think of a solution to homophobia, I think of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and the episode “Catherine Avery gave April advice.”

“This is the way the world changes. Good people raising their babies right.”

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Meet T.H.E. Team: Linabel Ramirez

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What about T.H.E. resonates with you? Why were you moved to join T.H.E. team?


In the beginning of 2014, I landed on T.H.E. I read the posts of people who contributed to the #IAmTheHumanExperience and said to myself, “Wow, people are being heard.” I contributed to the #IAmTheHumanExperience myself. I had a strong desire to be part of a movement that focuses on individual identities and gives people the opportunity to be heard.

What impassions you?


I am impassioned by learning about other people’s passions. Watching other people’s passion persuades me to learn more about it. I am also impassioned by teaching and learning.

What projects are you working on outside of T.H.E.?


I am involved with the Women in Technology movement in Chicago. Most of the work takes place at 1871 Chicago, an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups.

What are the top three things that instantly bring a smile to your face?

Music, long boarding, and hiking with a good friend. Linabel on Skateboard

What’s one of your favorite aspects about the queer community?


I love that it’s “unusually different”—which can mean anything! I love that it is a community with an evolving history. It’s amazing!

What’s one thing you’d like to change within the queer community?


I would like for us to stop focusing too much on our differences. Sometimes this creates this “us” verses “them” view. We’re all queer. Let’s listen to each other’s stories and love one another. Linabel 2

What passions and strengths are you most excited to bring to T.H.E. and what aspects of T.H.E. are you most excited to get involved with?


I am excited to bring awareness. My strengths and passions are making other people aware of other people’s stories, sharing untold stories, and helping others understand what is going on in the queer community. I want to help people be aware of the progress the queer community is creating, whether it’s in the political, entertainment, educational, or sports scene.

I am excited to start getting involved with the contribution of queer news. I am also excited to learn more from my team members and fellow queer members.

Join the Team! Apply Today.

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For The Love Of My Body

I am an authentic, loveable human being and I am The Human Experience. I am showing the love for my body and loving myself more than I ever have before due to shifting the way I view food. I have always used food for comfort rather than nutrition to feed my soul and provide fuel for my body. I grew up in the south and everything is fried, sweet and high carbohydrate consumption. From a very young age, I decided to have what I called a “Fat Coat” to protect me from additional sexual predators. As a child, I would routinely hear, “You would be so pretty if you lost weight.” So, I created my hidden commitment or agreement that I would stay overweight to keep the sexual advances away, and it worked. However, I am now 43 years young and do not need nor want to create a wall against others anymore. 

I decided this was the year for me to focus on loving my body. So I joined a kickboxing gym that has a motto of “motivation to transformation.” This particular gym combines kickboxing, strength training using resistance bands, nutrition and personal coaching based on your individual goals. I have worked very hard on my mind and spirit over the past 20 years, but I have definitely neglected to show the love to my body. I apologize to my body for not taking good care of her, but the madness of my past stopped the day I signed up for this amazing, energy filled class.

I love that all different body types show up, and for the same reason: showing the love to their own bodies. We all have a story to tell, like my own I shared above. What matters the most is what story you are telling yourself now. My old story was toxic–all lies–and I am creating new possibilities for myself of total healthy transformations. I am empowering myself, which I hope inspires others, but for the right, love-filled reasons.

We are all so hard on ourselves, and if we shift the negative energy into positive, we can do anything we set our minds to. I was just tired of being sick and tired! I am creating the possibility of living an extraordinary life as the best me ever! What possibilities will you create for yourself? I hope you join me in sharing the love for yourself. Anything is possible if you dream it and surround it with love and the intention to create for yourself. I’m sending my love to anyone reading this and acknowledge your power to create!

Much love and blessings,
Dina F Gilmore

T.H.E. is participating in the Love Warrior Community’s May Writing Prompt: Body Gratitude. Stay tuned for more contributions from our team members!

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Body Gratitude: Dear Arms (five by five)

[This post may be triggering and includes content relating to self-harm.]

Dearest Arms,

We’ve been through a lot together, you and I. Well, mostly you. Let’s get real, Arms – I treated you like shit for a long time. When I was a little girl, I threw you around every adult I met, clinging desperately for love. When that didn’t work out, I wondered what else you might help me do. I hoped you’d break, so someone would scoop me up and make it all better. I fantasised about the sound of your bones cracking, the sound of my voice crying out – you would have been the perfect alibi. They would never know the reason I was really crying. Hell, I even tried to break you myself a couple of times, half-heartedly, spraining your wrists – “I fell down the stairs at Sarah’s house.” You were always very good accomplices.

When I was thirteen I started hurting you for real. A little bit at first, just surface wounds, nothing serious. I made you speak for me when I had no words. It was so easy and it felt so good. Soon I had etched quite the epic poem of self-destruction up and down you. I got really good at hurting you, and really good at hiding you. Soon I didn’t need you to speak for me any more, I was all grown, a big girl now. You and I were in this together, we were bound by blood. When people saw you, they were sad. Or scared. There was a time when you were my only friend.

In all that time I abused you and damaged you, I never thought about how important you are. I thought you were a canvas. I never considered you were a tool. The many tendons you house, running into my hands and fingers, are essential for the most important thing in my life: writing. Your incredible preciousness didn’t hit me for a long time. You endured close to twenty-five years of pain before I finally learned who you really are. I was sitting at my laptop, working frantically to finish the most important academic work of my life, and you had been wound up tight in bandages by disapproving nurses. It was a struggle to type, you were so raw, and I finally knew – every time I hurt you, I risk your power, I risk being silenced for real.

I wish I could say I left you alone from that day forward, but you know me. It was a long road, with several stops at the Relapse Motel. It was my new respect for you, though, that helped me re-frame what I was doing. I was destroying something beautiful. Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my obsession throughout those dark years? Faith, the rogue vampire slayer, the tough, crazy girl in a leather jacket, she had a catchphrase – “five by five.” In the analog radio communications used by pilots and other military personal in the mid-20th century, a signal that was “5×5” was the best signal, in both quality and strength. After a while, the phrase had taken on a metaphorical meaning, had come to be used in place of “good” or “okay,” or even “as good as can be expected.” When Faith said she was “five by five,” she was usually lying to cover up insecurity, but somehow in that phrase I found self-acceptance. It said, I am good and I am strong and I am resilient. It also said, sometimes I am not okay, but I am a bad-ass who totally pulls off ox-blood lipstick. So, dearest Arms, I had the phrase etched onto you – with ink this time. Right next to the evidence of all the times I hurt you, the story of all the years I believed I was not good or strong or resilient. I did this to honour you and to remind myself how awesome I am.

I want you to know how grateful I am for your help in recent years. I no longer think of you as a place to dump my sadness, or as something I can use to destroy myself, an accomplice, alibi or excuse. You are the strong arms that propel me through water as I swim, that reach up to the sky during my yoga practice, that carry laundry and groceries as I look after myself every day. You help me hold and play my ukulele. You help me practice giving love, comfort, kindness. You make this, what I am doing right now, possible.

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I love you, Arms. You’re five by five.

F x

T.H.E. is participating in the Love Warrior Community’s May Writing Prompt: Body Gratitude. Stay tuned for more contributions from our team members!

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For The Love Of My Eyes

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I would like to show love and gratitude for my eyes. I have always felt that eyes are the window to a person’s soul and energy fields. If we have the gift of sight, we use our eyes to tell us a visual story and basically interpret every single thing we see. I used to hate that my eyes are so squinty when I smile, but my view and respect has changed based on my own self-awareness and transformations. I am a visual person by nature, so my eyes are a true gift! I am thankful for such a loving space to share our body gratitude and love in all areas of life. Love is a true gift and it’s even more amazing when you learn how to love yourself. It has taken me almost 4 decades to get to such a healthy loving place, but there is always room to accept love. I want to thank my eyes for giving me imagination/visions to create my art, being a writer, exchanging love with a simple glance, being able to smile with my eyes, viewing nature’s beauty and so many more things that make me humbly grateful! I love my eyes! Thank you for the gift of sight!

Much love,
Dina F Gilmore

T.H.E. is participating in the Love Warrior Community’s May Writing Prompt: Body Gratitude. Stay tuned for more contributions from our team members!

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Body gratitude @ T.H.E. – thank you, hair!

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On Friday I had one of the greatest haircut experiences of my life, and today I’d like take a moment to reflect and thank my hair for its enthusiastic participation. In part, what made this recent haircut so excellent was the complete absence of stress and anxiety. My newly short hair grows quickly, and in the six or so cuts I’ve had since hacking off 8 inches, it has embraced equally as many new styles and products. Each cut is a surprise, the final outcome is thrilling and sometimes delightfully ridiculous. I have never loved my hair as much as I do today. As a teenager, my long frizzy uncontrollable mane was a source of distress and constant self-consciousness. Mornings included traumatic battles with ill-fitting hair elastics, sticky gels, and straighteners. Today, I wear my short feminine cut with ease; it feels powerful and playful. It is naturally curly, medium weight, plain brown, and plain beautiful! This year, I’ve been practicing exercising a “live and let live” attitude toward my hair, and it feels great. Thank you, hair, for sticking with me on this journey. Thank you for being flexible, resilient, and patient as I’ve learned how best to love you.

T.H.E. is participating in the Love Warrior Community’s May Writing Prompt: Body Gratitude. Stay tuned for more contributions from our team members!

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Dinah Shore “I Am The Human Experience” Contest Winner!

This past February we launched our I Am The Human Experience campaign to get people to share their human experience so we could showcase the diversity of the human experience and queer identity. Our campaign is year-round, but during February anyone who submitted a human experience piece was entered into a contest to win 1 of 5 Joss Whedon or lesbian themed DVD sets, as well as Two Platinum Passes to Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend.

Yesterday, we tallied all of the submissions, put everybody into a raffle and picked out the winner for the two Platinum Passes to The Dinah Shore, and the winner is …

drum roll please …

The Winner of the Two Platinum Passes to Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend

Sarah Audet! Congratulations Sarah!

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What Do Two Platinum Passes To The Dinah Include?

  1. Thursday’s Opening Party
  2. Friday’s Pool Party
  3. Friday Night’s The Dinah White Party at The Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC)
  4. Saturday Day’s L Word Pool Party
  5. Saturday Night’s Main event at The PSCC
  6. Sunday Day’s Pool Party
  7. Sunday Night’s Closing Party

We chatted with our contest winner and got to know a little bit more about Sarah Audet.

Is this your first time going to The Dinah? If not, what tips do you have for first time goers?

Yes, this is my first time going to The Dinah, and I am super excited! I am ready for an epic long weekend!! ….I wish I had first timer tips, I’d love to hear some before going, if you have any.

What are you most looking forward to about going to The Dinah this year?

Well the ladies of course! I’ve never been to such a large lesbian event! I hope to meet some amazing new friends and maybe if I’m lucky the girl of my dreams! It will be a fabulous getaway of fun in the sun and dancing the nights away with like minded ladies from all over the world! I love music festivals, especial ones with dance music, so a lesbian music festival is a dream for me! The line up of female DJs looks fantastic! I am ready to party!

Tell us more about yourself. What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about life! I want to live life to the fullest and make it an adventure to remember! I am also passionate about the environment, animal and human rights, music and the arts.

Tell me about the history behind your blog, The PLUR Vegan. What motivated you to create it?

The PLUR Vegan is an outlet for me to document the little steps I take to make this world a better place, to show that every little bit counts, and to get the word out about a variety of subjects and events. I feel its important to advocate, educate and celebrate who we are and the positive qualities in this world. My writing is a work in progress, but I have a love of photography and that really shows thru in my blog. I feel photos can save a life, and I love to show animals available for adoption. I hope to inspire people to volunteer and to fight the good fight!

Join Us at The Dinah!

T.H.E. Founder, Emelina Minero, and T.H.E. staff, Julianna Joyce, will be at The Dinah this year, along with Sarah Audet. Join us!

To view ticket packages, visit here. To find out more about all of the events, visit here.

Cheers!

– Emelina Minero, T.H.E. Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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Editorial and Social Media Internships at The Human Experience

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The Human Experience, a queer publication that fosters inclusivity and is focused on showcasing the diversity of queer identity and the human experience, has 3 openings for editorial interns and 4 openings for social media interns. Each social media intern will focus exclusively on one social media platform, either Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.

Editorial Internship:

We’re looking for a few good candidates committed to queer or feminist publishing and interested in the queer community in general. Applicants should be incredibly strong writers with clips showing experience, meticulous fact-checkers willing to spend the time to get it right and strong proofreaders with an eye for detail. Also very important, a positive attitude, confidence and someone who takes initiative and doesn’t need a lot of guidance, a sense of humor is a plus. Passion is required.

You will be expected to pitch and write daily short articles, as well as longer pieces on topics ranging from queer entertainment and pop culture to health and politics. You’ll be writing in a variety of formats, i.e. narrative interviews, Q&As, top 10s.

Having basic HTML and WordPress knowledge is preferred, but it’s something that can be learned.

Your main responsibility will be writing, but you’ll also be doing some fact-checking, proofreading and transcribing.

Resulting from my mentorship, one of my former interns has a job with Diva Magazine. Another former intern has her on blog on HuffPost Gay Voices, and I have helped many of my former and current interns get published with other publications, including Curve Magazine, both print and online.

The position is unpaid, except for all-you-can request references, an amazing virtual team environment and a great learning experience. In the past, T.H.E. Team volunteered together at the OutMusic Awards, which included 4 nights free lodging in Las Vegas, plus free tickets to all of the OutMusic Awards events.

We require a four-month commitment at 20 hours a week, though we are somewhat flexible about scheduling. This is a virtual internship. You can work from anywhere. All that is needed is a laptop and strong wifi connection.

Please email your resume, clips and a cover letter telling us why you want to join T.H.E. Team and why you’re a perfect fit for this position to Emelina Minero, emelina@the-humanexperience.com.

Before you submit your application, get to know T.H.E. Read our mission. Read through our articles. Check out our I Am The Human Experience campaign. Read through our blog posts. Check us out (and follow us) on social media: Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube. Meet T.H.E. Team. Get to know us and what we’re passionate about.

T.H.E. Volunteers:

If you’d like to be a part of T.H.E. Team, but you can’t make the time commitment that we’re asking for in an internship, you can volunteer! We’re always looking for people to volunteer with writing, editing and live social media coverage. We also have a T.H.E. Street Team, which consists of us sending out an email once a week with a simple social media action you can take, like sharing an article on your Facebook wall, RTing a tweet and so forth. We’d love to have you join T.H.E. Street Team!

Social Media Internships:

We’re looking for a few good candidates who are passionate about social media and who like to use social media to foster community, strengthen relationships, spread awareness and bring people together. We also want people who are passionate about the queer or feminist community.

We have 1 opening for a Facebook intern, a Twitter intern, a Pinterest intern and a YouTube intern. Photo editing skills are preferred. For Pinterest, strong photo editing and creation skills are required. You’ll be creating a lot of custom images and infographics. With YouTube, you’ll be making a lot of videos and doing a lot of filming and editing.

Applicants should be strong writers and great communicators. You must be passionate. Passion is one of the most important requirements.

If you’re a Twitter, Facebook or YouTube intern, you’ll be going out in the community a lot, doing live social media coverage. Our YouTube intern will do a lot of in-person video interviews, as well as virtual live video interviews via Google Hangout.

A huge part of the social media internship is relationship building, networking and collaborating, both online and offline. We see social media as a means to foster community. An aspect of the internship will be posting T.H.E. articles and blog posts, but the largest part of it will be community building. It will be your job to educate yourself on what’s going on in the queer community, locally and globally, and to share that. It will be your job to get to know the community on a one-on-one level, to get to know what people are doing, support them and bring people together.

Your social media internship will consist of posting T.H.E. content, creating social media campaigns and events, relationship building, collaboration and live social media coverage.

T.H.E. interns are expected to take initiative. We want someone who doesn’t need a lot of guidance and who isn’t afraid to come up with a lot of great ideas and then make them happen. A positive attitude and confidence is a must, a sense of humor is a plus.

Resulting from my mentorship, one of my former interns has a job with Diva Magazine. Another former intern has her on blog on HuffPost Gay Voices, and I have helped many of my former and current interns get published with other publications, including Curve Magazine, both print and online.

The position is unpaid, except for all-you-can request references, an amazing virtual team environment and a great learning experience. In the past, T.H.E. Team volunteered together at the OutMusic Awards, which included 4 nights free lodging in Las Vegas, plus free tickets to all of the OutMusic Awards events.

We require a four-month commitment at 20 hours a week, though we are somewhat flexible about scheduling. This is a virtual internship. You can work from anywhere. All that is needed is a laptop and strong wifi connection.

Please email your resume, clips, links to your online projects and social media profiles and a cover letter telling us why you want to join T.H.E. Team and why you’re a perfect fit for the position you’re applying for to Emelina Minero, emelina@the-humanexperience.com.

Before you submit your application, get to know T.H.E. Read our mission. Read through our articles. Check out our I Am The Human Experience campaign. Read through our blog posts. Check us out (and follow us) on social media: TumblrFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube. Meet T.H.E. Team. Get to know us and what we’re passionate about.

T.H.E. Volunteers:

If you’d like to be a part of T.H.E. Team, but you can’t make the time commitment that we’re asking for in an internship, you can volunteer! We’re always looking for people to volunteer with writing, editing and live social media coverage. We also have a T.H.E. Street Team, which consists of us sending out an email once a week with a simple social media action you can take, like sharing an article on your Facebook wall, RTing a tweet and so forth. We’d love to have you join T.H.E. Street Team!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

– Emelina Minero, T.H.E. Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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I Am The Human Experience Campaign Submissions

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You may have heard about our I Am The Human Experience campaign. This campaign gives you an opportunity to share who you are outside of your labels, as well as gives you a forum to express how the labels that you claim for yourself, or the labels that others impose on you, accurately describe you and fail to describe you.

Here are directions on how to submit your human experience. Submit yours here.

Below you can read all of the human experience submissions.

  1. The Human Experience – Lauren Leiggi, published August 6, 2012
  2. I Am The Human Experience – Claudette Edition, published August 7, 2012
  3. My Human Experience – Sarah Stout, published August 8, 2012
  4. I Am The Human Experience – Lavon Youins, published August 10, 2012
  5. I Am The Human Experience – Emelina Minero, published August 15, 2012
  6. I Am The Human Experience – Jaime Konzelman (@VegasJaime) from Finding My Fire, published August 21, 2012
  7. My Human Experience (So Far) – from (@photobettyKim) Reporting Life’s Randomness, published October 5, 2012
  8. I Am The Human Experience: Linda Kay Silva – Interviewed by Jaime Konzelman, published October 26, 2012
  9. I Am The Human Experience: Clayton Maderia, published October 30, 2012
  10. I Am The Human Experience – Lauren Maier, published November 24, 2013
  11. I Am The Human Experience – Kristan Suko from ilovechriscolfer, published November 29, 2013
  12. I Am The Human Experience – Franzi from Tweedbleed, published January 27, 2014
  13. I Am The Human Experience – Daniel August Schomburg, published February 3, 2014
  14. I Am The Human Experience – KDM from World Evolution In KDM’s View, published February 7, 2014
  15. I Am The Human Experience: Anonymous, published February 9, 2014
  16. Becoming Who You Are, And Defining Your Human Experience – Leah Oviedo from Impower You, published February 10, 2014
  17. I Am The Human Experience: Lauren Shiro, published February 15, 2014
  18. I Am The Human Experience: Michele L. Rivera, published February 18, 2014
  19. I Am The Human Experience: Anonymous, published February 20, 2014
  20. I Am The Human Experience: Sarah A., from The Plur Vegan, published February 20, 2014
  21. I Am The Human Experience: Alicia, published February 21, 2014
  22. I Am The Human Experience: Tania Postolovski, published February 24, 2014
  23. I Am The Human Experience: Anonymous, published February 26, 2014
  24. I Am The Human Experience: Keera Bee, from PensivelyPositive, published February 27, 2014
  25. I Am The Human Experience: Deb Small, published February 27, 2014
  26. I Am The Human Experience: Roxy Cope-Price, published February 27, 2014
  27. I Am The Human Experience: Nicki Hastie, published February 27, 2014
  28. I Am The Human Experience: Anonymous, published February 27, 2014
  29. I Am The Human Experience: Iman Malone, published March 4, 2014
  30. I Am the Human Experience: Aneliese, published March 4, 2014
  31. I Am The Human Experience, from 229jagoestreet.wordpress.com, published April 6, 2014
  32. I Am The Human Experience: Lisa Overturf, published April 10, 2014
  33. I Am The Human Experience: Brandis, published April 29, 2014
  34. I Am The Human Experience (Living as a Polyglot): Linabel Ramirez, published April 29, 2014

We officially launched our I Am The Human Experience on February, 2014, and everyone who submitted their human experience piece during the month of February were entered into a contest to win 1 of 6 Joss Whedon and lesbian DVD sets, as well as 2 VIP tickets to The Dinah Shore. You can read about it, as well as the history behind this campaign, here.

Although we hosted a contest during February, this campaign is ongoing and year-round.

Our campaign has been featured in Curve Magazine, twiceLOTL Magazine, Lesbian.com and Impower You, twice as well. If you would like to write about this campaign, or interview someone from T.H.E. Team about it, email me at emelina@info-thehumanexperience.com.

I hope you enjoy reading through the variety of people’s human experiences, and I hope you contribute your voice and your story to help showcase the diversity of the human experience.

Cheers!

– Emelina Minero, T.H.E. Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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