My Not-So-Hidden Identities

SheDidWhatSheWanted

By Valentina Boré

If you know me, you probably know that I’m Latina. Or you might not know that, but you know I’m gay. Or you might even know both! These are what I like to think of as my two identifying factors, two essential pillars to who I am as a person. I would not be the same person if it weren’t for my nationality, culture, and heritage, just as I wouldn’t be the same person if I weren’t gay.

But see, here’s the thing. Neither one of these is glaringly obvious when you meet me, because anyone who meets me would assume I’m a) straight, and b) white. There’s nothing wrong with being either one of those things, except neither one of them are me. In fact, they’re so far from who I am that I prefer to not be identified as those at all and will quickly…

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