T.S., 21, He/Him/His

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

[Laughs] I never came out to them exactly... but the heels, makeup, and boys showing up to their house could have given it away.

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

Oh god! There’s a lot. But I don’t want this to turn into a novel. I’d say to just relax and enjoy things the way they are now because you’ll figure things out one way or another.

How do the media’s images of queerness relate to your own life? Do you see yourself in the media’s visions of queerness?

Kind of, but then again, not really. I sometimes feel like I’m part of a new breed within our community. Like, when people see me they automatically think I’m either a woman or I’m transitioning just by the way I look and dress, but once you know me you’ll see I don’t really act the way the media says someone that looks like me would act.

Do ads featuring queer/trans people make you want to buy the product?

Support? Possibly. Buy? I don’t know. I’m one of those people that thinks everyone has some kind of agenda, and I know it’s good business to support a community like ours. Like during NYC Pride, a lot of stores put up Pride flags and signs, and even sell Pride t-shirts, but where was all that support a month ago?

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

All the time, but you’d be a fool to not hire someone as fab as me!