This project made me revisit some feelings I had dealing with the anxiety from being queer growing up. The media has depicted LGBTQ+ people as freaks, unnatural, a danger to children and society and although I’ve haven’t been explicitly told any of these things, I’m always wary of people who might think of me this way. I want to be able to open up more and that has always been a challenge. I’ve had encounters with people and family who have teased me about having a girlfriend, and I’ll sometimes laugh it off or subtly brush it aside. But a bit of me feels shut off that I can’t be honest with other people and myself fully. I’ve made a ton of progress since and I want people to know that I’m full of joy, hope and kindness.