Melissa Gibson is reminding everyone that everyone is deserving of love—regardless of their shape or size.

By Faith Brar

Last week, body-positive activist Melissa Gibson posted a New Year's photo to Instagram, in which she shared a kiss with her boyfriend. Rather than focusing on her adorable caption, where she talks about how grateful she is that 2017 brought him into her life, people commented saying her boyfriend was "too attractive" for her.

Gibson addressed the haters in a separate post, reminding everyone that all people are deserving of love, regardless of their shape or size.

"When taking a picture in a sparkly dress next to the man you love makes people comment about your body, question your relationship, make judgments about him for loving you," she shared. "Our relationship is political. Even though we both know how natural and right it feels. And if the world won't just let us be, we will keep fighting for our love, for our space, for our right to be seen, accepted without question, and celebrated." (Related: Why This Woman "Forgot" Her Bikini On a Date to the Beach)

While she's no stranger to judgmental comments about her relationship, Gibson added that she doesn't quite get why people seem to be so confused by it. "In all honesty, it's silly to think it bothers people so much, but when privileged people base their value on attraction and relationships, it results in the plethora of relationships that look like mine being erased and delegitimized. Like somehow I don't deserve him or our love isn't real," she wrote. (Related: Why This Body-Positive Blogger Loves Her Loose Skin)

Gibson explained that she and her boyfriend are exactly what each other wants-and that their bodies are a part of that. "It's not abnormal or a fetish. It's simply natural," she said. "So while you insist on yelling your insecurities and bigotry at me, realize I'm not playing the game you play any longer. I'm not playing by your rules. And it's honestly sad you still are."

She ended her post on a positive note saying: "2018 is the year for Love that is not defined by weight, age, ability, genitals, gender, sexuality. Not defined by race or ethnicity or religion. We're having more fun this way anyway." Preach.


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