HAPPY PRIDE!!!! There was a time when I felt like I was constantly coming out. Where I always felt the need to check people. Where I always made assumptions about people and people made assumptions about me. When you know better you do better. When I came out it was an exciting time for me. I felt this wholeness. I was complete. Answers to some of my life questions arrived at lightning speeds. There was no doubt that I found home within myself and I loved her fiercely. It was Super Bowl Sunday 2008 when I came out to my brother @bklynb3ast70 and his response was, “Word! Of course you are. It makes sense. Are you happy? Then I’m happy for you!” And I knew he meant that shit. Now it hasn’t been all kumbaya, my family has said some pretty hurtful shit. My parents were devastated. When I told my sisters and cousins who are sisters there were mix reviews and a whole lot of tears. There was sort of like this death that happened that many didn’t want to accept. And the truth is the old me did die so that new me could be born and she was born so very gay. But some did not and still don’t accept me. And this is what we queer folks want most, to be accepted and loved by those closest to us. So while there has been some shame to contend with, it has been ALL PRIDE.
Here’s to celebrating my 10th lesbian birthday. Here’s to having a partner who loves me and holds me up. Here’s to many more years of living authentically. Here’s to a more inclusive and loving world where people are no longer judged, where people respect pronouns, where people can let go of assumptions and just LOVE ALL PEOPLE! Being gay has been one of the most beautiful revelations of my life. HAPPY PRIDE FAMILY!!!
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