Robin Gaudreau

As an intersex person, I did not get to come out on my own terms. I got diagnosed, forced into a gender binary that would not contain me, until I escaped it to live my best life.

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Alex Caciula

Growing up in an immigrant and religious household, there was a lot of expectations to conform to a certain image. I felt like I had to play a role in order to please other people. They made me feel like my existence was too much to deal with, which destroyed my sense of self. It…

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Kevin Reid

A message to my younger self: Hi Kevin. I know things aren’t going so well for you right now. I know you’re confused and there are some things you don’t want to admit. I’m here to tell you that you will get through this. You will know and love yourself. You will be so happy.…

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Chris Fee

Chris’ Experience Growing Up as LBGTQI2S: “Growing up and getting made fun of and policed for my gender expression was difficult and forced me into boxes I don’t believe I ever would have chosen for myself if I weren’t worried about my safety. I have always strived to live authentically, but messages about the duality…

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Jack Jackson

Jack Jackson

Originally from a very small conservative island, Jack escaped their old life of finance and heteronormativity in 2012 with an unplanned move to Toronto having met a Canadian whilst travelling. During a forced period of being unable to work whilst awaiting documentation, Jack found photography and began studying what surrounded them – dogs, fashion and…

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Brian Cope

Brian Cope

The following story was shared through an interview between Brian Cope & Friends of Ruby. Brian grew up in a time when being gay was a psychiatric disorder, and until he was in his 20’s (1969) was a criminal offence. Brian is an individual who came out late in life, after he had shared a…

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