Profiles is an ongoing series, seeking to create spaces of affinity, where similarly identified folks have a space to talk about the perceptions, nuances and actualities of their identity.
The word "queer" is not new. However, its meaning is. For many years, the word was used as a derogatory slur for people who deviated from the traditional sexual norm and therefore, were labelled as "weird," "peculiar" and "different," with strongly negative connotations. As our society's acceptance and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community grows, the stories and experiences of young people struggling to carve out an identity for themselves are left feeling alone-- in conversation, they learn they are not.