Evette Dionne and Aubrey Gordon for WEIGHTLESS

Loyalty can't wait to host Evette Dionne and Aubrey Gordon for a virtual event celebrating Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice. You can also order the book below to be automatically added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to the Trans Women of Color Collective. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


A poignant and ruthlessly honest journey through cultural expectations of size, race, and gender—and toward a brighter future—from National Book Award nominee Evette Dionne

My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down.

In this insightful, funny, and whip-smart book, acclaimed writer Evette Dionne explores the minefields fat Black woman are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life. From her early experiences of harassment to adolescent self-discovery in internet chatrooms to diagnosis with heart failure at age twenty-nine, Dionne tracks her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture, and self-image.

Along the way, she lifts back the curtain to reveal the subtle, insidious forms of surveillance and control levied at fat women: At the doctor’s office, where any health ailment is treated with a directive to lose weight. On dating sites, where larger bodies are rejected or fetishized. On TV, where fat characters are asexual comedic relief. But Dionne’s unflinching account of our deeply held prejudices is matched by her fierce belief in the power of self-love.

An unmissable portrait of a woman on a journey toward understanding our society and herself, Weightless holds up a mirror to the world we live in and asks us to imagine the future we deserve.


Evette Dionne is a journalist, editor, and culture critic. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch Media and the current executive editor of YES! Media. Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, Dionne’s middle-grade nonfiction book about Black women suffragists, was nominated for a National Book Award and won a Coretta Scott King author honor. She lives in Denver with her partner and her two pets and they are likely listening to Beyoncé right now


Aubrey Gordon is an author and podcaster who started writing as Your Fat Friend in 2016. For four years, she wrote anonymously about the social and cultural realities of moving through the world as a very fat person. Since then, her work has been published in Literary Hub, The New York Times, Vox, SELF, and Health. Her first book, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat was released in 2020, and her second, “You Just Need To Lose Weight” And 19 Other Myths About Fat People will be out in January 2023. She cohosts the podcast Maintenance Phase with Michael Hobbes, where the two unpack wellness and weight loss trends.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 8:00pm
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Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul By Evette Dionne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063076365
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2022

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box By Evette Dionne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451481559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 4th, 2022

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“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807006474
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Published: Beacon Press - January 10th, 2023

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807014776
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021