What I love about being queer:
being able to redefine myself again and again.
feeling loved and accepted and understood by the community.
knowing to have friends worldwide.
loving myself without questioning it.
calling myself ‘Kia’ with pure honesty.
having fun with people that know my challenges. d
iscussing about the really important stuff.
realizing that it get’s better.
helping others to accept and love themselves.
arguing about how-to-gender-words-appropriately.
getting to know interesting people just by being in the community.
saying ‘queer’ and knowing that this is who I am.
caring about people I don’t know, because I know their struggles.
sharing the message of love, not hate.
Spread love, not hate. Because love is love. Be yourself. And love yourself for who you are. Dream as big as you can.
“What I love about being queer is the the confidence not to identify yourself by others perceptions… It’s ok to be whoever you feel you are…. Whether that changes day to day or not.”
-Churchy (Cambridge, UK)
What I love about being queer is the journey it has led me on to love myself and all the amazing qpocs+a (queer people of colour and/or allies) who are embedded in that journey.
In this life, the negative words that have been put on me are like a broken record on repeat. They sound like this: worthless, stupid, sissy, faggot, skinny, ugly, banana, too dark, chink, good at nothing but math, nonsexual, pervert, fragile and weak.
But for every dehumanizing act done and word said to me, every horrible image I saw growing up, or lack of image, and all that I internalized, there was a qpoc+a who said something like: you are beautiful, your body is amazing, you are so strong, powerful, intelligent, lovable. A qpoc+a who loved me, helped me, and guided me to question what thoughts were put on to me versus what thoughts were mine and what I truly believe.
-Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Toronto, ON
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