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Pride Stories: Chris

By June 29, 2018Home, News, Quotes

We continue our Pride Story series today hearing from Chris.

I spent a lot of time trying to find a label that fit.  I knew I was different but I grew up in a culture that didn’t know how to talk about sexuality.  It was incredibly painful and isolating to not feel like I belonged with a certain group or culture.  I compartmentalized, hid and shamed parts of myself in an attempt to appear “normal”…just like everyone else.

Eventually, the pain became too much for me and I began a long search for some sort of relief.  I have come to realize that what makes me different is what makes me powerful.  Fully accepting my Queerness was the remedy to my pain. I have a great sense of pride in fully embracing what makes me unique.  And in doing so, I feel it allows others the freedom to be their own unique selves.

That’s what I love about the rainbow symbol because it incorporates the entire visible spectrum.  No matter how you identify, no matter where you fall on the spectrum, you are part of a beautiful prismatic display.  And no matter what the path, Bodhi is here to honor it.  It is something I experienced here from day one.  It is rare to have such a loving and encouraging community.  I’m grateful for Bodhi and their encouragement to live my authentic life.



Bodhi is a conscious community in Chicago, IL. We offer in person and online experiences for people who are ready to transform themselves and their world. Bodhi uses media, education, entertainment, and like-minded community to support transformation.

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