Welcome to Reclaim UGLY


Reclaim UGLY is an intergenerational, multi-racial, LGBTQIA+ and Black-led organization that serves social justice minded communities and centers the voices and needs of people who exist within the following intersections of identity: Black, Indigenous, & Mixed Race People of Color (BIMPOC), Fat/People of Size, LGBTQIA+, and Sick & Disabled People.

We create joyous healing and educational spaces and resources for people who have been most impacted by uglification, isolation, bullying, and other forms of social harm to congregate with love and explore what a liberated and loving community can feel like. We also offer tools, resources, and training for allies and advocates who want to remove practices and systems of uglification from their organizations, corporations, schools, and community groups.


What Is Uglification?

Check out this 101 slideshow about what uglification is and how we can interrupt it in our everyday lives!

UGLY Is Freedom

“Ugly is the opportunity to truly indulge in yourself, in your desires, in your body, and the way you want to express yourself and the way you want to exist in the world – while abstaining from the patriarchy….It’s freedom from feeling like you have to conform.” – Vanessa Rochelle Lewis at the 2020 Explore More Summit.

Join Us At Our Upcoming Events!

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Join renowned facilitator & author, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, of the Reclaim UGLY Movement & Creating Freedom Movements for a special and intimate workshop all about listening to, playing with, and actualizing your magic for your own sacred, divine, healing, and joy purposes (and lovingly confront some things that might be getting in the way in the process).

Contact US

Vanessarochellelewis@reclaimugly.org | 415-678-8691

In The Press

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Making an Appearance at a Conference for Ugly People


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Queer Spirit Podcast: Reclaiming UGLY as an Act of Queer Pleasure
with Vanessa Rochelle Lewis


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Black queer healing poetics of Vanessa Rochelle Lewis


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The Space Between Us, Hosted by Jovelyn Richards

Women’s Magazine

Our Upcoming Book!

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Reclaiming UGLY, the book!

January 21, 2021

Flip the script on how you think about UGLY – what it means, what it is, and how to reclaim it to Uplift, Glorify, and Love Yourself in an uglified world. Blending joyful self-help magic with incisive social analysis and personal narrative, author Vanessa Rochelle Lewis empowers readers to heal, connect, and revolt against uglification.

Through self-help exercises, reflective meditations, and lesson plans, Lewis moves us closer to a collective liberation that takes back what society tells us is ugly and taboo…and teaches us to deconstruct what we’ve told ourselves is ugly and taboo. Reclaiming UGLY is a warm embrace and compassionate guide toward radical self-acceptance, joyful community-centered healing, and unfiltered self-love. Coming soon