The other day, I flipped open a high school journal and the first thing I read was, “More than a girlfriend (almost), I want acceptance. More than acceptance, I wish I wasn’t gay. I wouldn’t be ME, but I wouldn’t be gay.” I believed that if I came out, I would subject myself to a lifetime of social exclusion. In retrospect, I was ALREADY excluded—every time my classmates or coworkers openly talked about their interests and relationships and goals, I was quiet. Secretly, I was writing novels of queer content and imagining walking down the street holding hands with a girl I liked.
I struggled with depression and anxiety until coming out as a lesbian at 18. I’m grateful I could do so, as many people suppress their identities throughout their entire lives. I’m running to raise money for the Pride Festival, as it encourages others to live authentically and contribute positively to Saskatoon’s acceptance of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
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