Before Pride Month ends, I wanted to make an official statement about my sexuality.
Having done Youtube for years now, a lot of people have simply assumed that I was lesbian.
This is not the case. I am a bisexual/pansexual woman who is also demisexual on the gray-asexual scale.
Bisexual is my “umbrella term” with which I primarily identify, and Demisexual & Pansexual I have coined as secondary terms to describe the ways in which I am bisexual. Demisexual clarifies that I do not experience sexual attraction to people I do not have romantic feelings for, & pansexual is to clarify that I do not discriminate against any gender-identity or lack-thereof.
I came to realize I was bisexual when I was 12-13 years old. It is something I have learned to love & accept about myself with difficulty. Growing up, I had no one to look to or relate to. There was no one “like me” that could help me figure everything out & I was very confused & ashamed of that part of myself for many years.
It wasn’t until I discovered cosplay & met other members of the LGBTQIA community, that I began to settle in to who I was. Seeing them live openly & proud about themselves & their partners, really inspired me to live my life the same.
Thinking back to all the horrible times I felt so alone, I am so proud to see the accomplishments & progress LGBTQIA has made since I was a child. We have so much visibility now; On the internet, the television, & in public. What seemed like a dark & limiting future to my childhood mind, is now bursting with possibility. I feel comforted knowing that whomever I love, & whomever my children wish to be in the future, we will be able to be proud & open about ourselves.
And I know none of this would be possible without the #Pride of the LGBTQIA individuals who have come before us. They, through their sacrifices, have carved a way for the generations of LGBTQIA individuals here today, & those to come. I am truly and deeply thankful to every one of their brave souls.