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.