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I've always felt like an outcast. As a child, I rummaged through our housing project at all hours of the day and night smoking cigarettes, experimenting with other boys, riding my bicycle 4 miles away from home (resulting in a curfew ticket by the police), and dreaming of a different life...A life with more money, a healthier family, and the privelege of others around me who (based on their attitude and lack thereof) didn't deserve a pinch of it.
White people of all ages called me a "nigger". Black people ridiculed my Jewish nose and not-nappy hair and asked why I talked/acted/sat/breathed like a "white person". When I came out as gay in college, my family made it clear that I was going to hell. Despite the love (read: "history") my own flesh and blood has for me, they could "never attend my wedding" because my lifestyle was "against God." Tough love...all because of a pre-determined (and ignorant) set of qualifications that makes someone or something "normal". But, a lot has changed since then.
set a standard – (verb)
(1) To create a widely recognized model of authority or excellence;
(2) To establish what is normal, familiar, or usual
Bigotry, racism, body and sex shaming will be put to rest by art, fashion, music, and exposure into the world that exists beyond nine-to-fives, monogamy, politics, gender, and the American Dream.
I want people to talk about sex.
I want the federal government to legalize weed.
I want gay men to stop worrying about their masculinity.
I want straight men to stop worrying about my masculinity.
I want fashion to be gender neutral.
I want people to love more.
photo by Ryan Pfluger
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