July 1, 2016

PROUD

They think that it’s some sort of way of marketing ourselves and not being problematic but people always find ways about being negative in, what should be, positive situations. But it’s not [a way of marketing ourselves], a lot of us just don’t care anymore. We just want to express ourselves. 

The youth of this generation is by far the most advanced ever - and not just because we have MacBooks and iPads but because we’re able to think reasonably and accept the fact that we’re all different. Some people have darker skin tones than others and some girls like to kiss other girls. 

That’s beautiful to me. Acceptance is beautiful. 

At the same time: remember that this is all kind of new. Accepting that gay is okay or that we’re all human, no matter the color of our skin, is new - especially to people of color. As a first generation Mexican-American myself, I grew up with the basic racist stereotypes like how nasty the black community was or how revolting being a feminine man was. It’s impractical to just play it off and pretend like I didn’t hear all those racist comments from most of my [hispanic] community. I think it’s up to us to change that.

Young minorities should definitely make a difference by changing the world in the parenthood “department.” A man can wear make up. Two boys or two girls loving each other is okay. You don’t even know how many times I’ve heard little kids ask their parents why my voice sounds like a girl. It can be highly annoying. In a way I personally do “gay myself up” so that the “are you gay?” questions don’t come up so often. But that can be difficult around kids. Just please, educate your kids and don’t force gender specific features on them. Or anyone else for all that it matters. 

Besides doing that to not receive so many questions - my “gayness” has always just been a part of me and in today’s world I’m kind of proud of it. But I don’t think people get it. I think so many people nowadays just don’t care anymore and are so proud to be who they are that it confuses people. They think that it’s some sort of way of marketing ourselves and not being problematic but people always find ways about being negative in, what should be, positive situations. But it’s not [a way of marketing ourselves], a lot of us just don’t care anymore. We just want to express ourselves. 

Countless amount of people talked very rudely about Beyoncé being proud of being black in ‘Lemonade’ - they think she only did it because it was a “trending topic” - but I don’t believe that one bit. Beyoncé, like everybody else, is a human being and when you finally find that peace within yourself to say, “Okay, this is who I am and I don’t give a fuck” - it’s amazing. She’s said before that she just wanted to be known as a pop star and not an activist but that’s probably because people are constantly shoving their white agenda down her throat.

Watching all these amazing people say, “Okay, this is who I am and I don’t give a fuck” is beautiful and inspiring to anyone who is still trying to find peace within themselves. It’s a “trending topic” because we’re all slowly saying that to ourselves. It’s so brave when you’re finally able to do that because no one ever wants to feel judged over something uncontrollable. No one. 

Photography by DR


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