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Women You Should Meet (W.Y.S.M.): Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

(Photo courtesy of Rev. Burns)

Name: Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns
City, State: Washington, D.C.
Profession: Wedding Officiant and Photographer

In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
I like to think of myself as cool, fun, carefree, and down to earth. Others however see me as bold, outspoken, and a trailblazer.

Your favorite hangout spots.

I love hanging out by the water.

Favorite guilty pleasure.
I love rich creamy desserts. I make homemade banana pudding in dessert cups every week.

Favorite quote.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Martin Luther King, Jr

Who is your biggest influence? And why?
There’s a plethora of people who influence me. Positive people, empowering others are my biggest influencers. If I had to pick a person, it would be Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a trailblazer.

Favorite event.
DC Pride. I love all the creativity I see when attending the events.

Do you have any regrets in life?
Yes, I do. But I’m changing regrets into positive outcomes.

Favorite lesbian/queer celebrity.
Kate Moennig (aka Shane McCutcheon). I used to watch The L Word all the time. Shane was my favorite character on the show.

Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
I love the arts. I’m a self-taught artist who loves sculpting one of a kind art dolls, making my own crown kufis, and spiritual candles as an energy healer.



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