in the interest of making this as accessible as possible, i’m gonna define some things here – words or terms that i’ll be using often.

first things first – plátanos: plantains.  a banana-like fruit that many latin american and caribbean countries typically eat, usually cooked.  in venezuela, where i’m from, plátanos are a pretty basic part of our diet, and they’re really tasty and sweet (just like justice!).  if you haven’t tried them, i encourage you to do so immediately.

reproductive justice: the intersection of reproductive rights and social justice.  a framework in which people’s reproductive lives do not occur in a vacuum, but alongside other struggles that affect our reproductive choices – immigration, sexuality, race, etc.

LGBTQQTSGNC: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming.  phew!  the alpahet soup is getting long, folks! usually i’ll probably say queers, unless i’m talking about specific subets (gender non-conforming folks, or lesbians, etc) of those groups.

cisgender/cis – refers to a person who is satisfied with the gender that was assigned to them at birth.  i, for example, was assigned female at birth, and currently identify as a woman.  that makes me a cisgender (or cis, for short) woman.

just a couple for now – i’ll keep adding to this list as i go along, if it is helpful.