As my 4 year manniversary approaches, this series of posts has actually been very therapeutic and has helped me be even more proud of who I am than I was before.
I'm 28 years old, and I'm finally living my life. I encourage all of you to embrace your life. Embrace your diversity.
Now that I've learned what I can give myself, I know what I can give to others.
I like to live without labels, but if I had to label myself, it's queer. Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or not cisgender. People who reject traditional gender identities and look for a broader and deliberately ambiguous alternative to the label LGBT may describe themselves as "queer".
I don't choose this label to separate myself from the traditional LGBT label, as it's since become more inclusive to the queer community. These days my life is more full of love and acceptance than it's ever been, and I owe all of it to my previous experiences in life. I strongly feel that if I hadn't been on this journey, I'm not sure where I would be now.
I'll admit, once I realized and came to terms with both my gender and sexuality, there was a moment of panic, but I really invested some time in my own self-care and I absolutely love who I've become. I want others to realize that they are worth it. I want you to know you're worth it.
In many parts of the United States, there are still so many areas that believe being in the LGBT community alone is taboo, but once you bring the Q in, they get a little more weird about it. For situations where individuals may not understand, I keep three rules in mind:
Be proud. Be yourself. Love yourself and love your journey. You have to embrace the present before you can move onto the future.
YOU CAN CALL ME DANISH
Writing about my life and experiences as a white, transgender, queer male.