Activism of a burlesque queen

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Bella Sin of Cleveland, the Logistics Coordinator for the the 25th Anniversary of Cleveland Pride Festival stands on the festival grounds at Voinovich Park Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. Sin wants to continue to be one of the leaders of Cleveland Pride in the future as a way of honoring the former leaders of the festival. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)

Activism in burlesque

Name: Bella Sin.

Age: 28.

Hometown: Cleveland.

Role: Coordinator of logistics Cleveland Pride/ Co-owner of Operations LeFemme Mystique Burlesque/Cleveland Burlesque Queen.

“The motivation comes from the education and treatment my mother provided to me when I was young. I had an openly gay uncle in Mexico where I am originally from. … I asked my mother once about the situation and she said, ‘He is just like you and me. Love is universal — remember that.’ ”

“When I moved to Ohio and started my burlesque troupe, the mission statement in my mind was to raise awareness through my time on stage. I have done that through donating my performance time, my hands and voice to the LGBT Community. … My time with Cleveland Pride, Dancin’ In the Streets, bid for the [International] Gay Games, feeding the homeless gay youth …”

“Equality is a right and when I came to America they told me this is the land of freedom and I want to be an American and I want this country to be truly free. ... I want to see my friends be respected and allowed their rights to love and raise a family.”

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