#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a ...

New Themes: Snaps and Gateway On this Theme Thursday, I’m happy to introduce two new free themes. Snaps Snaps, by Graph Paper Press, is a portfolio theme designed to showcase portrait-oriented photographs, illustrations, and other works of art. The simple, elegant design keeps the focus on your projects, and scales to fit any screen size. Read more about Snaps on the Theme Showcase, or activate it ...

Street Photography: Seven Photos It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man ...

New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from ...

Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both ...

New Theme: Lingonberry It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Lingonberry Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted posts stand out from the rest, space for your site logo adds a personal touch, and footer widget areas for additional content ...

Baby with your skin so soft, grainy memories trace you from point to point. you must think me naive falling into familiar holes I’ve got no vines to help out movie-style - I’ve leapt into your quicksand love.

Her kiss left me breathless Wanting more I come back, again and again She, like an insatiable whore Deepening herself further and further Ingraining her fluid in my being. Her kiss made the stars brighten - a cliché, but true. That night I became a poet again - Only our lips touched But our minds fucked And our senses flowed. ...

Together we stand across the hallway My heel casually twisting the carpeting beneath me. We are going down - the elevator air is thick… Two other people in here are insignificant. You are beautiful and I cannot meet your eyes. You are tired So am I. Let me lie under you while you make amends I’ve missed u and have much to lose. But seriously, You made the stars come out at night.

They said she had a heart attack I think the creatures coming back And I am fine, coz all my love’s electrifying And I come feel like assessable Wanna be with you And it’s my premonition I better give my heart a listen And my preacher say… All of your demons will wither away Ecstasy comes and they cannot stay ...

I am a record – smooth to the untrained eye But groovy, endless loops hidden. Your arm will scratch, the music skips… and loop upon loop a distant voice will sing soothingly, take me…take me…take me…

You’re the only one I ever loved and then a goodbye. I fell for words and wonder now, if those words, were just words or otherwise. Hating the doubt like Sister Beauvier- torn between uncertainty love lost wishing a reality justifications whys ifs and hows and the soul tearing doubt. ...

Like ethanol running in bloodstreams Like nicotine fucking up perceptions, Too many cupcakes In the cupcake shop. Pretty to look at, but I’d like to lick the icing please.

My friend has great dress sense Gets drunk on wine uses an accent totters in the highest of heels cleavage is key bumps her long silky hair winks at the boys always the tease We watch, almost mesmerized We wonder, what it means to be her.

A queer stillness unlike the beaches I know unseen crows flap black wings create the only stir in the dead air. I build sand-castles I build sand-castles in the sand the sand is wet and rough to touch, I build towers to keep things un-stolen, I build walls and chafe smoothness. I build a moat to keep the crocodiles in. ...

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