Q Voices columnists join forces in this week's Pride issue with advice to their pre-coming-out selves.
From light-hearted and simple to serious and nuanced, their wisdom shines through as it does each week in Q magazine.
Just in time for Atlanta Pride Weekend and National Coming Out Day, we think this chorus raises their voices in a special way that strikes just the right note.
Embrace your beautiful unique self.
It really does get better!
Charles E. Davis
Find someone you trust and are comfortable with to tell first. Be prepared for rejection from some. In many cases your friends will become your family and your support.
There’s no right or wrong sexuality when you’re trans. It’s entirely what you understand about yourself and the person or people you're attracted to. No one else’s opinion on this matters.
Being gay is wonderful! Embrace it. Pride is about countering culturally taught shame. Embrace that, too.
Don't let anyone scare or shame you into being anything that your authentic self.
You get to be gay. They have to be straight. Enjoy yourself.
Please know that the risk of what you might lose or the pain that you may experience pales to the loss and regret of denying the truth of who you were always meant to be. The most difficult aspect of courage is the first step.
James Parker Sheffield
Regardless of how hard any of this is, you drew a better situation than most. It isn’t enough for things to “get better” for just you. You’re obligated to remember that.
This feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.
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