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People struggling with their sexual identity while growing up can feel isolated, confused, and depressed.

Oftentimes, adolescent queers realizing they are a part of a marginalized group in a heteronormative society do not know who to turn to.


Fortunately, an LGBTQ activist and writer from Australia, Alexander Leon, was able to perfectly convey the feeling of emptiness that members of the queer community experienced before coming out.

Leon's inspiring Twitter thread about the perceptions of a closeted LGBTQ youth resonated with so many people.

He started by explaining that queer people growing up sacrifice a bit of their authentic selves for protection and about the damaging toll it has on their adulthood.

While the road to self discovery can be emotionally challenging, Leon called the arduous task "a gift" that some cisgender and heterosexual people do not get to experience.

He finished the poignant post by encouraging people to be patient and to "be kind to yourself" but most of all to embrace themselves and "be proud!"

His uplifting message resonated with thousands of people with his initial tweet receiving 43,000 retweets and 157,000 likes in less than a day.

Many members of the LGBT+ community shared their own unique stories and expressed their emotional epiphanies after reading Leon's stunning analysis.











Leon – who works at the LGBTQ rights organization Kaleidoscope Trust – was overwhelmed by all of the responses after his post went viral.

He expressed his gratitude by sharing his lifelong ambition in helping the community.

After discovering the enormity of his reach on social media, he asked people to help families affected by the Australian bushfires by making donations.

He added this link to the Red Cross.




Truer words have never been articulated so perfectly.

Thank you for your advocacy and powerful words, Alexander.

The book Growing Up Queer is available here.

"LGBTQ kids reveal what it's like to be young and queer today."
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