It's kinda like winning a big award, you've fought for your rights, figured out who you are, and gathered the courage to come out. It's a point in our life where we have ourself gathered together and have weight lifted off our shoulders and we want to show our journey by hanging up flags, wearing pins, decorating etc. Atleast that's how I think it is
I express my gender as much as possible to make sure people don’t look at me and think “girl”. I have a sort of near-immediate friendship with other trans people at my school and it feels better to be able to talk about it.
For me it's the long process of accepting myself. For most of my life, I only listened to what my family told me who I am rather than not letting myself think about who I am (anytime I had doubts I would repress them). Well, eventually I had enough and started to explore myself and try to figure out who I really am. One of the things I learned about me is my queerness. I'm happy that I finally took the time out to realize that I am not who others always want me to be and that's ok (as long as no one's getting hurt). Me putting my orientations as my user, having a bunch of flags on my templates, etc. are all to show myself it's ok to be me.
On the one hand it is to show some pride in who you are and the fact you dared to be different and to even start questioning. Accepting yourself takes time and guts and being brave enough to come out is an even bigger step. It's a feeling of relief that you don't have to hide anymore and that you can finally just wear whatever you want, even if that is rainbows and unicorns.
On the other hand it is a sign to those who haven't yet come out. To tell them they are not alone. That it's completely ok to be gay, or trans, or whatever floats your boat. To tell them, "I'm here if you need to talk to someone or just for someone to tell you you're valid". To tell them, "you can do it!"
I know, from the outside it can look like that first person to come out is making everyone else gay, that they're on some sort of evil gay agenda to turn the whole planet gay, but that's not what's actually happening. All they're doing by being proud of who they are and showing everyone is encourage all those who were still hiding that it's ok to be who you are and that there is at least one person out there that will accept them for who they are. They didn't make anyone turn gay (or trans or whatever), they always were - only now they're not as afraid what everyone will say anymore. And that's why we call it the LGBTQ+ *community* and that's why we show everyone we're part of it and sometimes might go a bit overboard on the rainbows and unicorns and stuff.
For me, all the rainbow flags and everything are touching on a very personal, non-straight level. This is who I am, and I’m proud of it. I also spent so long being someone else that I just want to scream it into the universe.
But I am kinda obsessed with rainbows. My Minecraft character always has the rainbow beanie, scarf, or sweater on, and I unlocked the rainbow boost in Rocket League months ago, haven’t used a different boost since.
HI IM NOT LGBTQ OR ANYTHING I JUST WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION. WHY DOES IT SEEM LIKE EVERY NON CLOSETED LGBTQ PERSON IS SO OBSESSED WITH THEIR SEXUALITY/GENDER; LIKE THEY HAVE A TON OF RAINBOW STUFF AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THEYRE LGBTQ; IM NOT TRYING TO BE HOMOPHOBIC JUST ASKING
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