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Rolyn Chambers/


“In this last year my journey has awakened something that had always been within. I had always refused to believe I was different in any way from the mostly white gay men that surrounded me at many of the events I went to. Though they never said it, I was different. I was not like them.”

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Abra

Abra/


“I am so happy, despite it taking me over 40 years, to have been able to transition and to feel happy and whole in my body.”

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Leon Tsai

Leon Tsai/


“‘Blossom’ not ‘Bloom’: as blossoming refers to the whole glory of blooming and not just its peak.”

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Farid

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“I want to say thank you. It was a long, tiring and arduous journey, but now I am on a safe land.”

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JP Michaels

JP Michaels/


“On a warm August day in 1960, at the age of five my Devout, Irish, Catholic Mother, while teaching me how to sew on a button, told me I was gay.”

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Amber/


“Growing up I’ve always known I was very different and there were virtually no trans people in the media or in the fashion industry. This made it very difficult to discover my identity as there was no representation to relate to.”

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Cameron

Cameron/


“I am exactly who I was always meant to be: A queer, bi-racial, HIV+ human.”

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Justin Anantawan/


“In my life, I have had two rebirths – at age 21 when I came out of the closet and at age 29 when I was diagnosed with HIV.”

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Sze-Yang Ade-Lam/


“Entering the dance world further amplified the racism, homophobia, transphobia, femmephobia, and body policing that I was already experiencing in the gay world. Who knew the dance world and Grindr would have so much in common?”

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Nude/

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“I tried my best to have a more accurate representation of myself in that country by wearing makeup and unisex clothing….but that had consequences.”

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Kemi Lo/


“i don’t fit into the typical stereotypes of queer, i’m not super femm, i’m not butch, i’m not edgy or unique or anything like that”

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Christian/


“As a child who was bullied in Hong Kong and later as an immigrant in the USA, my roots were immersed in experiences of homophobia and xenophobia.”

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Zulfikar Fahd/


“Yesterday was the most historic day of my life. Canada granted my asylum claim, and from now on I’m able to permanently reside in this country with a chance of being a citizen in a few years.”

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Elle/


“I have been recently coming out for the past few years. i come from a very conservative family and upbringing but a liberal city. i am not out to my family but i have been coming out to friends and coworkers. i like to travel by myself a lot. on my most recent trip, there … READ THE STORY

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