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loveshamelessly A year ago, the sweetest and most faithful friend I know calmed me down before I flew to #Florida to interview with #UCF. We went to our favorite #KrispyKreme on Person Street, picked up a dozen (which neither of us could manage to eat), and drove to an open field at the Dorothea Dix Hospital to watch the sun set. And after that, we climbed up on a hill at the Lonnie Poole Course and looked at this skyline (no credit taken for this gorgeous photo). I felt sadness tugging at me because this was my home and the city that raised me and I just knew I would be leaving it. I had a feeling before I ever got on the plane I had to start saying goodbye.
I look at this #skyline and I see all the "short little spans of attention" I drank at #TheBorough, the jack and coke slushies at #TheUglyMonkey, #ThePit BBQ and opulent brunches at #Buku Global Street Food; I hear bluegrass music at the CueGrass festival or a group of unknown best friends stumbling out of somewhere singing #WagonWheel off key. I see my seester and I laughing hysterically at #OutRaleigh, my tattoo and nose piercing and my first experience with #Beasleys Chicken & Honey. I see where I spent two internship years of work, where I observed the NC Supreme Court, where I protested #AmendmentOne and where I first played bingo with a drag queen named Mary K Mart. I see, hear, taste and feel pure #love.
I left it, kicking and screaming the whole way down to this perpetual state of heat and curly hair.
And now, a year later, I get to see this beautiful city with the perspective that it wasn't big enough to contain me and what I needed. I see it and appreciate it for what it's taught me, and not for what it made me leave.
I will leave leave you for good, #Raleigh, but man do I love you even more from my new home. #NC #ItsAllAboutTheSouth #SweetTea #SoMuchLove
4mon

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bbceno #FlashbackFriday to 3 years ago when me and some fellow North Davidson alumni gathered at our local polling places to vote AGAINST Amendment 1 and encourage others to do the same! So happy to know everyone can finally marry who they love here in NC :) #fbf #vote #amendmentone #davidsoncounty #wemadeposters #voteagainst #equality 4mon

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paigedcarter #timehop brought up a bunch of pictures from three years ago when NC put up #AmendmentOne to make gay marriage illegal.

How far we've come! And how good is this picture?
4mon
  •   itsmandizzle How funny, I was thinking the same thing when I was reading my posts! People were being so ignorant! #progressive 4mon

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justincookphoto Two covers, three kids, two moms, one family and one last photojournal for @indyweek! Congrats Kelli and Karen on a wedding 20 years in the making. #amendmentone #durhamnc 5mon

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Inkwell Natasha Gwen Herron
  •   kentgiar I'm not sure what Amendment 1 is since I'm not in Tennessee right now but I'm all for everything you hash tagged so I'm going to like this pic anyway 8mon

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masulla Kicking off! Senator @SaraforTN at #womensmarchonnashville #AmendmentOne Standing + Marching with my girls @renaepop @TheTrunkNash @PoniSilver @moxiegrey 8mon

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agingergoddess For my fellow Tennesseans. This is sooo true!!! #antiamendmentone #fuckyouramendment #mybodymychoice

Hey, Republicans? Get out of my vagina. You're not allowed. :)
10mon

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tronchin A beautiful #NOLA style second line jazz #funeral for our #reproductive rights here in #Tennessee. With the passage of #amendmentone our choices will be more limited than ever. Proud of #Memphis and he couple hundred folks who came out today to march. 10mon

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10mon _a_krrra
Sierra Kara Anne Sutton
_a_krrra Oops. #tennessee #amendmentone victory chocolate molds 10mon

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amittaizero Slightly late reaction to a federal judge effectively nullifying #AmendmentOne in #NorthCarolina. If you're unfamiliar, Amendment One was part of a constitutional referendum in NC which defined marriage as being strictly between one man and one woman. It passed fairly easily in 2012 after being touted by current US senator-elect #ThomTillis, then speaker of the #NC House, and others.

#equality @humanrightscampaign #marriage #lgbt
10mon

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clarkisfat We finished the season off well. Excellent work, chargers! 49-12 #PlusKatelynWasThereSoThatsNice 10mon
  •   katelynalysse_ Haha 10mon
  •   jon_formway No tag 10mon
  •   clarkisfat Got you bro @mikey_rulez 10mon
  •   jon_formway Thanks bro aye i had a really great season with u man I hope to see you next year 10mon
  •   clarkisfat Heck yah it was a great season, excited for next year @mikey_rulez 10mon
  •   jon_formway Yeah that's my boy remember when u almost became a receiver haha now ur having a better time as a line men 10mon
  •   clarkisfat Ha yah I was going to be a linebacker too, then I left for two weeks and coaches figured I got too lazy(which I did) @mikey_rulez anyway I think I'm better off as a lineman 10mon
  •   jon_formway Yeah same 10mon

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spicy_knight My reaction when Amendment One passed in Tennessee. My same reaction when I found out the appeal court upheld the ban on marriage equality in Tennessee. My home state continues to be a disappointment. #disappointment #prochoice #promarriageequality #votenoon1 #amendmentone #lgbtqrights 10mon

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11mon sulliii_
Normal Sullivan Fleming
sulliii_ Excersizing my rights. (Psst... If you're registered in #Tennessee this election is super important! #VoteNoOn1, protect a woman's right to choose.)
#NoOn1 #amendmentone #instagramtennessee #earlyvoting #vsco #Muricah
11mon

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