I always felt like I needed external validation for my queerness.
In high school, I didn’t think I could identify as anything until I “proved” myself.
Until I confirmed what I had been thinking.
Until I knew for certain that I was queer.
I thought that without experience I was invalid.
That no one would believe me.
I still sometimes feel that way.
That my internal validation is not enough.
That I have to prove my sexuality to people.
I am still navigating this feeling.
Still navigating internal validation of my identity.
Still telling myself I don't need to prove myself to anyone.
That I shouldn't have to perform my sexuality.
That I am queer.
And that is enough.
- 01 grace