Colours of the Rainbow - Pride Month

Brooklyn, New York

When I was about 17 years old, I came out to my family about my sexuality. I was nerves at first to come out because of my Trinidadian background. Caribbean people view LGBTQ persons as sinning and usually disown their kids who are apart of this community. I thought my parents were going to disown me, but i was wrong.

Unfortunately I was forced to come out about my sexuality by my first partner who gave me an ultimatum. Of course, being a 17-year-old queer Black young woman, friendship and relationships mean the world to me, so I came out to my family in order to maintain my relationship. Although the relationship didn’t last, the weight that was lifted off of my shoulders about my sexuality felt really good. The advice I would give to the younger generation of LGBTQ persons is to come out when you’re ready and never let someone pressure you into doing something you aren’t ready for. Everyone’s family is different, so you should always surround yourself with people who support and love you for you and know that you are not alone.

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