And because you all know that I care a lot about LGBTQA+ issues and stuff, I just thought I'd say hey, and also congrats to anybody who came out today (or before). I respect you so, so much because I know that coming out is a terrifying and difficult thing to do. But, I also respect the people who didn't
come out today. We don't all live in an environment where we feel like we can admit these things about ourselves; you might be stuck with unsupportive family, or in an area which is prejudiced, or simply that you're not ready yet. Hiding your true self can be just as hard as revealing it.
I just want to tell you all to keep going and keep hoping, you're all strong and you can make it.
I don't need to come out again, since you guys already know that I'm not straight or cis. But, I do want to say that I know what it's like to hide your true identity- I hid mine for years because I was taught that there was only one way to be and that anything else was freaky and wrong. I was afraid of my own identity for a long time, knowing that other people would not approve or support it. I denied everything and locked my feelings away so they couldn't hurt me. Thank fuck for the internet, or who knows how uninformed and lost I'd still be.
Here, we have resources to learn about other sexualities, other genders- things I never had in school, or from parents. You don't have to stick with the gender mold that society shoved you into. You don't have to be attracted to a different gender than yourself; you don't have to restrict yourelf to one gender- you don't have to be attracted to anyone at all
. Humanity is a spectrum, and every part of that spectrum is equally important and equally valid.
So, here's to all the gay kids, the bi kids, the pan and poly and ace kids, the aros and the trans kids and the nonbinary ones and everybody in between. You're all freaking great the way you are so don't ever feel like you're wrong because of your gender identity or sexuality. Love is great, this world NEEDS more love. Love, kindness, friendship- these are the only damn things that make this world worth living in. So, let's all make more.
I'm gonna link this video of Ellen Page coming out because I really love it- plus it's appropriate for today, I think. I really identify with a lot of what she's saying and I'm sure many of you will too.
Take care, everyone