Until this year, I didn’t understand the meaning of the word in terms of being proud of a facet of your identity. I stand at the crossroads of a barrage of intersections and can feel fragmented at times. I am constantly defined as not white, not straight, not something, instead of being defined by what I am. I now understand pride as a celebration of otherness. To be proud of being queer is to be proud of shattering expectations and norms, and embracing whatever expression, whatever love, we need in order to feel whole.
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