K.E., 28, She/Her/Hers
How did you come out to your parents? How was the coming out process?
I came out to my parents in high school. I’m attracted to men and women, but am more attracted to women than men. I am very feminine and have dated men in the past, which is why it was difficult to explain to my parents and friends that I was attracted to women. I’m very fortunate that both of my parents accept my sexuality. I think at this point they’re more concerned about having grandchildren than who I date!
How did things change after you came out?
I got a lot more involved in the LGBTQ community. For instance, after college I joined Out for Undergrad, which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping LGBTQ students find internships and full-time positions. I’ve made many friends with people that I’ve met through O4U, and I encourage all LGBTQ college students to get involved with the organization if they have the chance!
Do you think brands who only release LGBTQ campaigns during Pride season are sincere in their support?
I think so, but I would love to see more campaigns embrace LGBTQ messaging year-round, instead of during peak Pride season during the summer months.
Are you worried about your queerness hindering your getting a job?
I present as a cisgender female, and I think it’s easier for me to be a working professional than someone who identifies as transgender. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to give people from all different backgrounds and gender identities a seat at the corporate table, but seeing younger generations accept and embrace queer and non-cisgender identities gives me hope that boardrooms will soon become more diverse.