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What the Efron with me

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I didn’t realize I was gay back then. The word wasn’t even in my vocabulary. But watching Troy Bolton sing about his love for theater made my stomach tingle.
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No masc, no entry

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Queer men who pass as straight have some privilege. Through my youth, the immense pressure to be a masculine gay controlled my every action.
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All-American bakla

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As I was slowly coming to terms with my sexuality as a child, the lack of good representation in the teleseryes made everything more complicated.
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Under the influence

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Of course, I wouldn’t want kids to suffer the lack of LGBTQ+ influencers I experienced. But closeted kids need better role models that will help them embrace their identities.
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Saving the day

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There was such a lack of queer representation in these superhero franchises that I could only relate to a character’s grief and agony. I was grasping at straws to find the faintest connection between my life and that of a hero.
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The fallout of coming out

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Nothing can genuinely depict coming out and the effect it’ll have on you — the mixed emotions of peace of mind and distress, the combination of happily ever after and Shakespearean tragedy.
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Swallowing my pride

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Pride is a political statement. But it’s also more than that. It’s about surviving against the odds. It’s about celebrating and showing support for the LGBTQ+ community.
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The drag race to acceptance

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Back then, I knew that if my family did not like that I was gay, it was going to cost something. But hating myself for being gay was going to cost more.
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