In Tuesday’s New York Times there was an article about the “Fatosphere“- a blogging community of fat people whose motto is “love your fat self.” It made me think about the Mormon queerosphere we have going on. There certainly are a lot of similarities between the emerging “fat and proud” soap boxes and our moho blogs.
Being shunned and misunderstood by society, both of our groups cling to an online subculture for validation and for emotional support. We also share a variety of outlooks on our respective identities. Some of these fat people are trying to change their fatness, others are happy with their weight. Some of us as gay Latter-day Saints are trying to live celibate or mixed orientation lifestyles, others are happy in homosexual relationships. But we bond together. Like these fat people, who traditionally have low self-esteems, we have created a place where we can accept, embrace, and be proud of our mohoness. Why don’t we, as a community embrace the slogan, “Love Your Gay Mormon Self?”