Queer Stereotypes Redefined
Because visibility is key.
Because after I dyed my hair purple and got tattoos, people started rolling their eyes every time I spoke. Because I grew up not knowing girls could be gay. Because LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide or self-harm.
I have never had negative labels. I created and publicly identified by my own words and actions my whole life. Labels describe me; my personality, my orientation, my gender identity, how I see the world, but I never let them define me.
The absence of evil is not good, it is apathy. Good must be seen and practiced.
Labels can be a tricky thing in our world. When we claim them for ourselves, labels can be empowering and enlightening, for us and the world around us. Yet, when used maliciously or without consent, labels can cause unspeakable or unforeseen harm.