Taylor Garrison (they/she)
Gallery Image Descriptions: A gallery of photos featuring Taylor Garrison. Photo 1 Image description: A white queer person stands in front of some flower bushes. They have short blonde hair and are wearing grey-framed glasses. They have a silver septum piercing and are wearing a collared shirt patterned with rainbow squares. They are looking straight into the camera and are smiling. Photo 2 image description: A white queer person stands in front of a light backdrop. They have short blonde hair and are wearing a black dress with a purple t-shirt underneath. They are wearing silver hoop earrings, a silver choker necklace, and a silver septum ring. They have hot pink and purple eyeshadow and pink lipstick. They are being lit with a soft pink light that has a slight disco ball effect. They are posing with one hand on their hip and they are looking into the camera, smiling as if they are about to laugh. Photo 3 image description: A white queer person is standing in the hollowed out base of an old redwood tree. They are wearing blue short overalls and a grey sunhat with a black chinstrap. They are smiling toothily and squinting while looking towards the camera. They look very small compared to how massive the old tree is.
I was attracted to the work of Reclaim UGLY by their bold stance that fatphobia is deeply political and deeply rooted in racism and other forms of uglification. As someone who began their body liberation journey in the instagram body positivity sphere, the work of Reclaim UGLY and other incredible fat liberationist thinkers and organizers showed me the power and impact that fighting fatphobia has on not just an individual level, but on a scale that ripples through every oppressive institutional structure that we live under today. The work that I do with Reclaim UGLY has changed and shifted before and it will continue to do so in this next exciting phase of liberatory and pleasure-centered work!
I create many access points to joy and pleasure in my life, but the one serving me the most right now is cooking. Cooking is one of the great joys of my life, and there is nothing more satisfying to me than ushering a good meal into existence and then nourishing myself with it. It is my strongest and most sacred form of self-love and self-care, and it is also my favorite way to love and care for other people.
“Fat is joy, Food is love, God is change”- me and Octavia Butler