52 Weeks Across America

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

During 2016, Ariam Geffrard (of ADapperChick) 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 the letter of intent explained, we would have been "traveling to discover and explore LGBTQIA-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 LGBTQIA folks. 

We planned on sharing our personal experiences with DapperQ on their TravelQ series as well as on our personal blogs. Thank you for checking in to see where we've been and how these "safe spaces" are beneficial for you, your friends, and your family. Unfortunately, we were unable to complete all the destinations planned because of unforeseen circumstances. However, you can check out #BellaPeruses section of my blog as well as my social media to see what was captured and the wonderful experiences I had.

I’d 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 me to share my travel tales with her platform. Without you, this project wouldn't have come to life. Thank you and I LOVE YOU!

Thank you all for continuously supporting my interesting encounters. May 2019 bring you loads of love, joy, and TALES for years to come.

xoxo,
Bella


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

I would like to give the sponsors for this trip a big THANK YOU for allowing me to partake in such a project. It allowed me to explore not just new cities/states, but to connect with other humans who have changed my life for the better. The experiences from each adventure has given me a finer outlook on life and even more passionate “visual” activist. THANK YOU!

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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.