The fact that I feel attracted to women was pretty easy to swallow, however, the word “lesbian” used to be so heavy for me that I couldn’t say it even for myself. I couldn’t spell it. But saying “I’m gay” slipped out of my mouth like a second name.
Words matter. Words can change lives.
Once I started surrounding myself with lesbians it became easier. I am not a gay person. I’m a lesbian. I’m a woman who loves women.
Don’t be afraid of a word. It can give you all the strength you might need to face whatever you have to fight for.
Luiza is a writer and fangirl who’s always reading fanfictions. Follow Lu on Twitter.