Online fat community is absolutely amazing, and I have met incredible friends and fellow activists online. There can also be something really special about being in physical space with other fat people.
In Los Angeles, The Plus Bus is a blend of both – they are a fat-positive clothing store and community space and in addition to the brick and mortar store, they have onsite community events and even online shopping events. I have tremendous appreciation for folks like Jen and the staff at The Plus Bus who create this kind of community because it is not easy to do.
So, you may remember that Jeanette DePatie and I created a series of songs –revamping holiday classics into body love anthems. Now there’s one more. The lyrics to this came to me as I was driving home from what was supposed to be Jeanette and my final recording session. The song came on the radio and the first lyrics of the chorus popped into my head.
I wrote the rest on the drive home, called Jeanette who was immediately in (Jeanette and I are the kind of friends where one of us says “I have an idea” and the other says “What time?”) So I e-mailed Jen Wilder (the owner) and she agreed to let us record there.
This is the result, with special thanks to Allyson for all of her help with the video filming!
(Full disclosure: Jeanette and I aren’t affiliated with The Plus Bus, other than the fact that we love what they do and they gave us permission to film there!)
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