Happy Spirit Day! Here Are 7 Ways to Take a Stand Against Bullying

By Diana Denza--Eating disorders disproportionately affect members of the LGBTQ+ community and bullying can serve as one factor in the development of an eating disorder. As a whole, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to experience bullying at school, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and property damage. 

5 Ways to Give Kids a Confidence Boost

By Jeanette Suros--You don’t have to be a parent to make a difference in a child’s life. We don’t always realize the impact we make on our siblings, the kids we babysit or our young nieces and nephews.

What My Little Sister’s Confidence Taught Me

By Auriana Petach--I’ve always struggled with my self-confidence. I constantly had the fear that I was being judged and ridiculed by my peers.

How I Overcame My Eating Disorder and Came Out As Bisexual

By Gracie Mandel--From an early age, I knew that I loved deeply. I loved people in a way that felt like too much at times.

10 Fierce Activists to Admire This LGBTQ+ History Month

By Diana Denza and Olivia Clancy--October marks LGBTQ History Month, a time for reflecting on the community’s history as well as the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The community’s numerous accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts of countless individuals working tirelessly for equality.

5 Things “Mean Girls” Taught Us About Beauty and Confidence

Happy Mean Girls Day! Is there anyone among us who hasn’t seen this teen comedy at least three times? Sure, the flick was chock-full of snark, but it also taught us important life lessons that had nothing to do with wearing pink on Wednesdays.

3 Ways to Create a Healthy Dorm Environment

By Kaitlyn Oberg--So you want to live with six girls? Fabulous. They will be the most caring, compassionate and intelligent people you have ever encountered—but when you put so many people in an enclosed space, issues tend to manifest.

5 Ways to Talk to Your Parents About Body Positivity

By Kim Drastal--Parents, the people who nag us to clean our rooms—but also the people who hold us when we cry. They may frustrate or anger us, but in the end, we love them and they love us.

Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Recovery

By Lauren Myers--“I think there’s something seriously wrong with me,” I tell my twin brother after our morning junior high school choir practice.

Ariel Winter is Not Having Any of Your Body Shaming

By Olivia Clancy--Eight years ago, Ariel Winter made a name for herself when she was cast as Alex Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family. Today, she uses that name to spread body positivity in the wake of body shamers.

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Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

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