After I won Homecoming queen at my university, I started sharing my story. Now it’s your turn!
Maybe it’s the communication studies major in me, but I like to believe that some of the things that affect us most in life are stories. Think about it—when was the last time you felt seriously inspired? What was the last thing that made you really laugh or cry? Whether was a book, a song, a joke, a movie or a blog post, I like to think that the element that ties all those things together, what’s at the heart of those things and what we really connect with is stories.
That’s part of the reason why I decided to make LGBTeen. We all need to feel connected to someone or something, to feel like someone understands us, to know that someone else has gone through what we’re going through right now and became stronger in the end. But it can be hard to feel that way when you’re not hearing those stories, or when they seem far-off, unreal and impossible to realize. I don’t want those stories to be far-off. I want to make them real for you. But I can’t do it alone.
That’s where you come in. I want you to share your stories. I know you have so much to share—struggles you’ve overcome, questions you’re asking, opinions you have about everything from music to the LGBT community to politics. I want to see it all. In the form of blog posts, essays, poems, songs, videos—whatever. Not only will it feel great to express yourself, but it’ll feel even better knowing that you could be helping someone out there feel like someone finally gets them.
Also known as Transgender Homecoming Queen Steven Sanchez, xxevex is the founder and editor-in-chief of LGBTeen. You can find them blogging about topics they're super-passionate about, like feminism, LGBT activism, gender identity and pop culture. But mostly pop culture.