I’m not a romantic, but clicking through this gallery gave me a warm feeling on this chilly fall day. The lovely Lesley of Fatshionista created the Museum of Fat Love as a way to showcase happy fat people in relationships. Contrary to popular belief, fat people are not unlovable. You don’t have to wait until you lose x pounds to find the partner(s) of your dreams, if a partner (or more) is what you want.
Fat Love isn’t simply about loving a fat person or being a fat person and being loved by someone else; it’s about loving yourself. You may have the most devoted partner(s) in the world, but that doesn’t mean much if you never understand why they love you; loving yourself is primal and key to human happiness, whether you’re in a relationship or not.
Visibility is a powerful tool for dismantling stereotypes about any group. Also see: fat brides (which I’ve linked to before) and fat athletes. The photos and personal narratives can also be just plain heartwarming.