For April’s installment of Free Speech, we filed into our west end PDX store to hear tales about finding the silver lining– the break in the clouds, the moral of the story, the good that resulted from the bad, etc. We switched the status quo this month and had 7 amazing storytellers, all of which were either non-binary (gender non-conforming) or male identified! It was a true blue treat to hear different perspectives and give some space for these amazing folks to be heard.
On April 15th, 3,200 Portlanders crammed themselves into the Keller Auditorium in search of an idea worth spreading at TEDx Portland. As the lights dimmed our fearless leader and CEO Emma Mcilroy took the stage to share the two little words that she believes stand between you and your next big idea. Emma’s story reminds us that we each have a choice, every single day, to see possibility or shut it down.
Sorry, Beyonce—we ain’t no destiny’s child. Because a Wild Feminist leaves nothing to chance. A Wild Feminist makes sh*t happen. A Wild Feminist knows the only fortune she needs is the one she makes for herself.
We are the Rebel Rousers, the Black Sheep, and the Queer Outsiders. We are the weirdos, the nonconformists, and the oddballs. We are the misunderstood and the underestimated. And we’re putting our collective middle fingers up and saying f*ck your racism. F*ck your sexism. F*ck your homophobia and transphobia and xenophobia and whatever phobia you haven’t even thought to be scared of yet. We are your neighbor, your cousin, your best friend. We are you.