Not gonna lie, 30 was a tough year.
I had high hopes for it. Maybe too high.
I was hopeful that my time on All Stars would be used to inform and inspire.
Heavy topics don’t make as good of television as shade and reads, I know this.
Out of the conversations I had with @bendelacreme about the importance of the trans community and how we can become better allies, to speaking in my confessionals about the need for a queer global conciousness, we saw what they decided to show of me.
I have strived with the platform I have been given to show how important it is to acknowledge one’s privilege.
To raise my voice for those that can’t.
So to see my portrayal wittled down to nothing more than a cis white gay male, conceited and arrogant, was extremely defeating.
It was very difficult and it became a very dark time for me.
What helped me through it all was remembering wholeheartedly of who I actually am.
If you ever doubt yourself because of the opinions of other people, remember that you are good if you do good!
Just do right as Dr. Maya Angelou said.
I want to thank all of my followers and fans who supported me through that dark time, knowing that a reality TV show is very different from actual reality.
To my friends and fellow queens who listened and advised, thank you!
But most of all, thank you to the love of my life, a man who is inspiring, sexy, loving, and the most supportive, @jamesbwhiteside. Thank you for your wisdom and incredible strength from our humble beginnings in 2008 to now and into the distant future.
My birthday wish is that sometime this year, everyone who comments ‘Happy Birthday’ will get involved.
Volunteer at a shelter.
Attend a protest.
Here’s to 31!
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