Heather Corinna is a writer, author, freelance photographer, sexuality educator and activist. She is the founder of Scarleteen, an incredible online sexuality education resources for young people (and providers!).
Her father’s family emigrated to the US around the second world war from Venice, and she also has family from Genoa.
When asked her about her Italian American identity, she shared, “We often joke that I have the mini-version of my Dad’s Italian schnoz (we called him Gonzo growing up), and only seeing the size of his nose can one get how we can call mine mini. But I actually love it, just like I love the full (and also big, literally and figuratively) mouth I got from my father’s family and the hair that refuses to be controlled.”
“I love the full (and also big, literally and figuratively) mouth I got from my father’s family and the hair that refuses to be controlled.”
On cooking: “I take the kitchen as seriously as my grandmother and my great-grandmother did, both of whom were genius cooks, and often wind up cooking Mediterranean even when I don’t mean to. I know for certain that my love of simple pleasures comes from my Italian family.”
On communicating loudly: “I think yelling is awesome. I’m evolved enough to know that yelling in anger isn’t the best way to do enjoy that, so find other ways, but ‘I yell because I care,’ makes perfect sense to me.”