Be proud of who you are
This post feels pretty aptly timed as it was #BrightonPride yday (though this year I didn't go) and in two days I turn 33. I made a promise to myself on my 30th birthday that I would proactively start telling my nearest & dearest that I am #Queer (AKA not straight) by the time I turned 33 so that by then I could comfortably be 'out' in public
Why did I make myself this promise? Because people have always assumed that I am straight (and still continue to ). I stopped being ok with this when I knew the next serious relationship I end up in would be with a woman & I didn't want my future girlfriend to be burdened with people thinking she 'turned me'. Plus I got oh-so-tired of my fake straight privilege and being assumed to be an ally at LGBTQ+ events
I run my own business @less_ordinary_ and we are known for authenticity! I'm acutely aware of the lack of 'out' queer womxn in the UK, especially in the entrepreneurial world where there are not the same support networks that exist in corporate spaces (watch this space )
To support myself with this journey, I took myself on a month-long self-declared Queer Babygirl tour of the States in July. It was truly life changing. I met so many unapologetically authentic, beautiful queer souls living out their truths who inspired & encouraged me- thank you all
I met communities of bold, courageous womxn and found fab networks that support queer womxn with professional as well as personal development. I went to amazing parties, danced my socks off & finally learned how to make the first move
I came home with a full heart, a bag of new friends & a few new biz ideas... So here we go crew, this is my coming out declaration to the whole wide world If I haven't had this 121 convo with you over the last few years, please know it is not personal. I come out every damn day in real life (3X just yday to be precise) and it is exhausting but I am proud of who I am .
And where better to have as a backdrop for this post than Stonewall Inn, NYC where the Stonewall Riots kicked off in 1968? Love to my fav @mbeck2012 for the creative direction and ongoing love & support
the nature walk was fun till we realized there were snakes in the water.
Happy Vancouver Pride Weekend!!! I'm excited to finally post, @bandidas_taqueria is now selling totes with my Women's Day image. Bags are $20 and $5 from every tote sold will be donated to QMUNITY, BC’s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre.
Sadly I'm not able to celebrate pride with my fellow Vancouver babes this year due to the fact I'm on the other side of the world. But I couldn't be happier with these bags and the opportunity to support the LGBTQ/2S community.
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