Discrimination

Making a Difference in a Big Way

I don’t always share the projects that I’m involved in on my blog, but if we’re connected on social media, you might know that I’m involved with a pretty incredible group of people who aren’t afraid to stand up and make a difference.

PlusInc is a nonprofit organization that is committed to giving a voice to people of all sizes, and among other things, I’m honored to be on the Board of Directors.

If you’ve read my blog for very long, then you probably know that I’ve faced some pretty harsh discrimination because  ‘I have the nerve to be plus-sized.’  And you may also know that while my goal is to get to a healthy weight, I believe that we should all be treated with respect regardless of size.

The Declaration of Independence doesn’t say that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as long as we’re not obese.  As Americans, we’re citizens first, and at our core, we’re human beings first.

We’re the only species that is so strongly led by emotions, and I get it.  People fear what they don’t know, but when that fear turns into hatred or misplaced resentment, what started as ignorance becomes completely unnecessary a problem for all of us.

I’ve always been hesitant to affiliate myself with the size-acceptance movement because so many seem to think that we need to stay larger than average to sincerely believe in it, but PlusInc has taken the pressure off by accepting me as I am and allowing me to choose the path thats best for my life, so I’m all in.

To get involved, or to learn more, go to: http://www.plusinc.org/membership.html. You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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7 Comments

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    Chris
    June 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Awesome! Checking out the link now!

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    Anonymous
    June 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Does this mean that you plan to stay fat now? I know it’s easier, but is the best thing to do?

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      Kenlie
      June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I’m not sure that I agree that it’s easier, and no…This doesn’t mean that I don’t still have goals. That’s why PlusInc will be such a positive influence. No one here is saying that we have to stay overweight to understand….That’s just silly.

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    Katie
    June 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I’d like to be a part of this movement. I’m not overweight, but I do think that everyone should be treated qually. Do I need to be plus to join?

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      Kenlie
      June 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      You don’t have to be plus-size to join…Our biggest goal is for people to be treated equally regardless of size.

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    Brandon
    June 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Katie–We welcome the support of everyone who supports us! There are different membership levels, too 🙂

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      June 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You beat me to it, Brandon, but I’m glad you did!

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