As an ally, Julie finds discrimination based on sexual identity and preference a ridiculous judgement. She says, “I always had the sensibility that everyone was equal. There was no one more equal than others, regardless of their status, or position, or given gifts in life.”
THOUGHTS ON THE HUMAN AGENDA
Representation in media stands at the core of her work at TomboyX. TomboyX, like Pride, is a place where Amber feels she can truly be herself. Allowing her to voice her opinions in a place where they will be heard and acted upon. To Amber, representation in media and in brands is of utmost importance, and she is eager to infuse representation of all bodies, genders, and sexualities into the work she does
NOUN / e-’jen-da
NOUN / e-’jen-da
1. A LIST OF THINGS TO BE CONSIDERED OR DONE. 2. AN UNDERLYING AND OFTEN IDEOLOGICAL PLAN OR PROGRAM. 3. A WAY OF SAYING, “HEY GUYS, THIS IS THE WAY WE THINK THINGS SHOULD GO DOWN, WHAT DO YOU THINK?” 4. (WO)MAN WITH A PLAN.
They say you embrace that which you are exposed to again and again. That being told who you are can shape who you become. That we are not so much individuals as reflections of the communities, values, and norms to which we are exposed wrapped inside an inner knowledge of the person we are
It is one thing to know, as young children so often do, that you are not quite the same as your peers. That there is an invisible something inside you, standing you apart from the wider world. However, to act on that knowledge; especially when you don’t have the words to express your differentness, is an act that few of us will ever take.
Not all coming out stories end with a tearful embrace by a loving and supportive family. Some stories involve years of effort and self reflection before they can end in acceptance. But just because some coming out stories start with conflict and tragedy, doesn’t mean they have to end that way.