I am participating because I think it is important to spread the word of the good.
Queer Stereotypes Redefined
Bring awareness to a wider community that no one, including those of us who live with disabilities, should be judged or limited by other people's assumptions or prejudices.
I am participating because it's important to recognize just how complex people are and that we cannot be defined or judged by a few words or our appearance.
Because it's awesome.
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.