Women You Should Meet (W.Y.S.M.): Chelsea Bland

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Women You Should Meet (W.Y.S.M.): Chelsea Bland

Chelsea Bland

(Photo by Jason Roe)

Name: Chelsea Bland
City, State: Arlington, Virginia
Age: 30
Profession: Volunteer co-producer at Capital Pride Alliance/Hard core unionist/Photographer
Website: www.flickr.com/photosbychella

In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
Each and every day I strive to be the possibility of love, connection, contribution and vulnerability.

Your favorite hangout spots.
By the ocean when it’s warm and peaceful, anywhere with my friends and family, and if I’m honest with myself – Starbucks.

Favorite guilty pleasure.
Plain potato chips, gummy bears, watching SpongeBob and olives. However, I don’t feel guilty about the olives.

Favorite quote.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” – Assata Shakur

Who is your biggest influence? And why?
Black women. The creativity, love, resistance and power I see and experience from black women inspires and sustains me everyday. From family and friends to public figures and activists, the work of black women and queer women of color is incredibly affirming and shows me how to be my best self.

Favorite event.
Anything Tagg is a part of, Honey Groove, and the Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital of course!

Do you have any regrets in life?
There’s no room for regrets. This journey is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Favorite lesbian celebrity.
When I first read this I immediately thought of Dana Owens, but I don’t know her life. After her I thought of Crissle, the co-host of my favorite podcast The Read. In my expert opinion, Crissle is a national treasure. Getting back on topic, I’ll add that I have a lot of admiration for Audre Lorde, Staceyann Chin and Robin Roberts.

Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
I have a twin sister. She has adorable babies that kind of look like me and I didn’t have to do any of the work. I spent a lot of time practicing karate as a kid, and I took up flag football once.

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