What I LOVE about being QUEER

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
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

What I LOVE about being QUEER & THE ADVOCATE

"A delightful new book…There are over 100 answers — which range from smart to witty to heartfelt, to outrageous and are printed in the subject’s original handwriting…” 

What I love about being queer is the passion, tenderness, love and joy that is felt when our skin touches.
- Shawnee (Wollongong, Australia)

What I love about being queer is the passion, tenderness, love and joy that is felt when our skin touches.

- Shawnee (Wollongong, Australia)

What I love about being queer is the people I’ve met, the experiances I’ve had, and what I have learned while discovering my identity.
 
-Miles (Nanaimo, BC.)
What I love about being queer is the people I’ve met, the experiances I’ve had, and what I have learned while discovering my identity.
 
-Miles (Nanaimo, BC.)