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I knew I was different ever since I was young, and so did everybody else. After years of mixed feelings of shame and self-discovery, I was able to come to terms with the fact that my difference was something tangible, something that was experienced by other people too, and something that I could understand and celebrate. And that’s when I came out to my parents and share with them about myself and how I felt. A nice little accepting family that totally understood and supported me. Over the next few years, I slowly began to learn more about myself, and more about how I’ve been forced to present myself a certain way due to societal standards. I came out as gay. I came out as trans. I came out as gender-fluid. I understood that while acknowledging my identity with these terms doesn’t change me, it gives power to me to define my identity.