When I stumbled upon Heem Black on Instagram, I admired his ability to be expressive outside what's generally understood as "normal". I also saw an opportunity to support his expression and get some schooling on gender for myself and the Wrap Life's followers. As a human and woman of color, I understand why information and allies are important. These two breakdown barriers and remind us that we're all trying to figure out this challenging experience called life.
I'll admit, before speaking with Heem Black, I wasn't really sure what genderqueer meant. Of course Google is everyone's friend when you need quick access to information. However, there's something insightful about being able to connect new understanding to someone who has personal life experience.
I've invited Heem to share his experiences, his love for style and school us about gender fluidity.
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We're dedicated to supporting those who are underrepresented. I believe we're on this planet to live our own truth, not conform to an idea that was established well before we're born. If you feel apprehensive, take this opportunity to understand someone who isn't like you. And remember, compassion and respect before judgment.
-- Nnenna Stella