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

I never really came out to my parents. I don’t have a close relationship with either of them, so it wasn’t something I felt I needed or wanted to do. As I became more open about my sexuality when I went to college, I figured they would find out eventually. Recently I’ve become VERY out on social media, so I’m sure they know now.

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

When I first realized I was queer, I immediately decided nobody would ever need to know, and it took years to counteract that initial reaction. If I could go back in time I’d tell myself that I deserve to be as open about my identities as I want to be, and that I’ll eventually be able to surround myselfwith people that affirm and love me for it.

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

I get sort of annoyed with the proliferation of rainbow ads during Pride season. I do believe that the companies are sincere in their support, but if they’re so supportive, I’d hope they would include us in their ad campaigns the rest of the year as well, you know?

Are you worried about your queerness hindering your getting a job?

Personally I’m not worried about my queerness hindering my getting a job. I’m fortunate, though, that I will be entering a career that is generally very accepting of identities; I plan on becoming a social worker, and I actually intend on specializing on LGBTQ+ issues, including incarceration, migration, homelessness, and mental health.