52 Weeks Across America

The Loc'd Bella 52 Weeks Across America - Debbiejean Lemonte

During 2016, my BFF (Sara Geffrard) and I had an epiphany. With the elections coming up and realizing who the candidates were, as QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR who happen to be immigrants, we wanted to do something for the new year. 

We saw an increase in racial profiling, the police's excessive use of force against minorities, xenophobic behaviors within our cities, and violence against individuals within the LGBTQ community. Therefore, we decided to use our platform to bring awareness to these issues that affect us both. 

As our letter of intent would explain, we will be "traveling to discover and explore LGBTQI-friendly places that will then be disclosed to the community as a resource of fun, unique, and welcoming places to visit in a post-Trump America." By using our identities, ethnicity, and race, we believe it's important for us to find "safe spaces" that embrace and cater to a diverse community of LGBTQI folks. 

Every week, we'll be sharing our personal experiences with DapperQ on their TravelQ series as well as on our personal blogs. So check in every week to see where we've been and how these "safe spaces" are beneficial for your, your friends, and your family.

We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Anita Dolce Vita, Editor in Chief of DapperQ, for always being a support system and constantly allowing us to share our stories. Without you, this project wouldn't have come to life as Sara & I may have expected. Thank you and WE LOVE YOU!

We look forward to an exciting, crazy, and eye-opening 2017!



*Dates are subject to change and are still being finalized*

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

We are continuously seeking support to assist in our expedition. Therefore, if you'd like to help, you can click the 'Donate' button below. There are also sponsorship packages available brands who believe in our project. Please reach out to us here for more information. 

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Debbie-Jean Lemonte

Debbie-jean Lemonte is a Jamaican-born New York-based photographer, who specializes in Portraits and Family events such as engagements, weddings, showers and maternity sessions. She stumbled into blogging as another vice by expressing her love for fashion, lifestyle and photography.