Looking back on this year, I am proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m at a time in my life where I’m really happy with my identity and expressing myself how I do and I’m so grateful to be able to do so without any (major) repercussions. I know this sounds like an Oscar acceptance speech but I have some exciting news.
So something really cool happened. I was lucky enough to be able to get involved with a diversity and inclusion collection of articles that LUSH have been publishing onto their site, covering topics such as unconscious bias, white fragility, cultural appropriation to name a few. As a young person who wants to learn more about these topics it’s truly amazing to see such a large company show so much support to people from all backgrounds and identities. And as someone who identifies as bisexual, I was asked to write an article about my experiences within the media, society and relationships.
This has been in the works for some time now and it’s been an enlightening experience to discuss my feelings in such a way and to simply celebrate how I identify. That being said, I cannot act as though I haven’t been nervous about the whole ordeal – coming out is nerve-wracking and the fear of backlash and tension has been felt, but fuck it. Can’t really hide it now, and I shouldn’t feel as though I have to.
I love identifying as bi because I feel as though it is the label that suits me the most but also purely down to the fact that is seen as a temporary, invalid label and by using it myself I strive to normalise it and make other people feel valid and accepted in the process.
So there you go. This little gay woman has had the opportunity to voice her experiences through a brand she’s always admired. That’s definitely something to tick off the bucket list.
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