For so long I never had the strength to carry or stand proud with the pride flag as I didn’t truly understand its meaning or what it stood for. And I never did until this recent trip to Toronto.
I never want to come off as comfortable or a person that takes for granted a lot of the freedoms that we enjoy now.
This flag represents diversity and inclusion, a community and expression of love, and all of those that fought so hard and continue to fight in the name of love, to be able to partake and give love just like everybody else. Love is just that, love. I want to be able to contribute to removing the stigma and misunderstanding of an expression of love that different from one’s own, as I too was once there. Even when I discovered that I was bisexual years ago, there was a part of me that chose to hide my attractions as I struggled with internalized homophobia. I’m a private person when it comes to my love life, but for the last few years I’ve done my best to live in my truth and authentically be me and love without shame.
I’ve reached a point in my life where it’s no longer just about me and my struggles. I want to be a voice for those who live in places where their voices cannot be heard, for those in societies that create environments of fear prohibiting them from living in their truths.
I want to break new ground as those before me did for me, pave the way for the next generation as they should never have to worry about or question the way they feel or express love. Celebrating pride in Toronto this year is a shining example of every color, race, gender, and sexual preference coming together and celebrating love in all of its forms. And that’s the way it should be. Happy Pride everyone, be strong and stand tall, we are fighting for you! Sending out so much love to you all! 📸 @asianmapleleaf
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