Writer and activist Alexander Leon touched so many hearts over on Twitter when he got real about the conversation of mental health and how it is connected to the LGBTQ+ struggle. Like Leon, many people know that though we have made great steps to become more aware of the struggle that the community faces, there is still much to be done if we truly want to make sure that everyone in the world is treated equally.
As featured in LGBTQ Nation, a news and commentary website for members of the community, the tweet read:
“Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation and prejudice. The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves are truly ours and which parts we’ve created to protect us.
“It’s massive and existential and difficult. But I’m convinced that being confronted with the need for profound self-discovery so explicitly (and often early in life!) is a gift in disguise. We come out the other end wiser and truer to ourselves. Some cis/het people never get there.”
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Leon shared the tweet two days ago, but it still resonated with so many people who understood where Leon was coming from because they themselves went through it. All its 50,000 retweets and 189,000 likes come from people who share this very real experience.
Looking through the comments, there are still adamant people who appear to not have understood Leon’s intent when he tweeted the post, but those who understood expressed their gratitude to Leon for saying what needed to be said.
One user replied:
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“100% spot on. I feel like I’m living my teenage years trying to discover who I am and being comfortable and confident with myself.”
“This is so painfully true. I hate seeing gays that masked themselves so deeply that they don’t know themselves. We mask ourselves before we even get to know ourselves because society makes us hate ourselves even at a young age… but there are so many successful gays despite this.”