I.S., 27, They/Them/Theirs

How did you come out to your parents? How was the coming out process?

I was outed to both of my parents by other people in separate occasions. One intentionally and one unintentionally 3 years prior. My coming out process wasn’t smooth or good in any type of way. It was quite tumultuous, and mentally and emotionally draining.

How did things change after you came out?

Things changed in the sense that I was my authentic self 110%, but I also developed anxiety and depression because things didn’t go as I thought they would, and in both instances the decision to share my truth was stolen from me by other people without my consent.

If you could go back in time what would you tell your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to stay as strong and pure to my identity and heart as I always was because those qualities will save me from my own self destructive ways and the exterior world in the future years.

Do advertisements that feature queer/trans people make you want to support or buy those products?

For the most part, no, because they usually exploit minority titles for profit and are inauthentic in their approach instead of being educated on their audience from a non-predatory point of view by hiring personnel that are actually part of these communities and know what to uplift, highlight, and empower rather than benefit or bank off of the struggles of others.

Do you think brands who only release LGBTQ campaigns during Pride season are sincere in their support?

They are NOT sincere in the slightest. This is called rainbow capitalism. Most of these companies are trans and homophobic until Pride season comes around. They can profit out of this identifier without taking into account that this community is a key consumer of their products.