Introducing Dykes of Courage

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

A friend of mine posted this quote to Facebook on Inauguration Day.

And because of who I am as a person, I immediately translated “i” to “y.” After all, nothing is helping me hold back the flood of fear more than the badass dykes who fill my life (and my Facebook timeline) with their courage.

Thus was born Bottle Magazine’s newest recurring feature—a series of conversations between our queer editors (there are a lot of us) and the people we admire, published twice a month for as long as we can manage it.

Help us. If you know someone who is a leader (whether rising or established) in their field; who exhibits courage and general badassery; who is genderqueer or femme-of-center; who identifies as L, B, T, Q, I, A, or anything else; and who might share their experience with us, send us their info at

We’ll see you next week for our first edition, in which I interrogate one of my best friends on her journey from Iowa to the Trans United Fund in D.C. (And, knowing this person, we’ll probably also talk about Katy Perry and baby pigs. Get pumped.)


Jacqui & the Bottle Bitches


One thought on “Introducing Dykes of Courage

  1. Firstly thankyou for the laugh out loud that I emitted on a crowded train here in Melbourne Australia. It was the wordplay: connected me with fun, effectiveness, inspiration and no doubt a dozen other human needs! I’ll be sure to keep a look out for interview suggestions, and looking forward to staying tuned.


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