#VisibleMe, un hashtag su Instagram per aiutare i giovani LGBT
Giulia Latorre, figlia del marò Massimiliano, fa coming out
"Cosa avremmo di diverso noi omosessuali? Siamo tutti esseri umani, abbiamo sentimenti, abbiamo un cuore, abbiamo la voglia e il diritto di essere felici!"
Pochi giorni fa, nella nuova pagina Esplora introdotta da Instagram, è stato dato spazio al progetto #VisibleMe, ideato dal giovane Raymond Braun con l’intenzione di creare un luogo sicuro, creativo e di supporto per tutti quei giovanissimi membri della comunità LGBT che si sentono soli o isolati, non hanno qualcuno con cui condividere le proprie esperienze o soltanto con cui essere sé stessi.
La vetrina di Instagram ha dato una sferzata all’hashtag, cresciuto in modo esponenziale nel giro di poche ore grazie alle centinaia di video di coming out e non solo, brevi spezzoni di vita di giovanissimi che hanno trovato il coraggio di aprirsi e affrontare temi delicati come la solitudine, la mancanza di serenità e la voglia di trovare qualcuno con cui condividere anche solo qualche parola.
Tra i tanti troviamo quello di Leah Juliet, “Gli anni che ho passato a nascondere chi ero davvero sono stati molto bui e claustrofobici. Ora che sono apertamente gay mi sento libera”:
O quello di Drew, “Da figlio di un pastore, ho lottato molto con la mia sessualità e la religione. Ed è davvero difficile mantenere un equilibro tra le due, ma è ok, si può fare”:
I wanted to participate with @raymondbraun in his #VisibleMe project because...it was just about time 😄 I know that I generally keep a lot of my more personal struggles under wraps, but this is a special instance. As a theatre kid, I'm privileged to have a voice - but it's not always my own. However, in this case, it is my voice (albeit brief) through and through. And yeah, "it's okay - you can do both!" 💙😜💙💋💙 Much love xoxo
Ecco qualche altro toccante esempio in arrivo da Instagram:
I'm proud to be a part of @raymondbraun's #VisibleMe project highlighting voices from LGBTQ youth for many reasons. Our stories are the most powerful weapon we have to combat homophobia, transphobia, and just garden-variety ignorance. Accurate, bold, and multiple representations of what it looks like to live and love as an LGBTQ person has the power to save lives. If one person can see themselves in another's story and think, "Wow, maybe everything will be alright," then hate has lost and visibly has won. Love yourself and allow others to love you. That's why I'm participating in the #VisibleMe project 🤘🏼
I'm incredibly honored to be part of @raymondbraun's #VisibleMe project highlighting voices from LGBTQ youth.💗 My dream has always been to inspire other LGBTQA+ people around the world. No one should ever feel like they have to hide who they are regardless of race, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, appearance, or disability. Let your light shine so bright that you help others see. Be Visible. "Growing up gay in the south wasn't exactly easy but if I learned anything it's that you're going to be judged no matter who you are, so you might as well choose to be yourself unapologetically. Because at the end of the day you're the one who has to look in the mirror and love who you see. I am more than my sexual orientation." I am proud of who I am and you all should be too. There is an entire world out there waiting for you to join it. Love yourself💗
i am so honoured to be apart of @raymondbraun 's #visibleme campaign to shed light on all LBGTQIA+ lives 💕 staying true to yourself and your own happiness over others peoples opinions is so important and I'm so proud of myself for discovering that at such a young age. ❤️ The most common struggle I face being trans/gay is people trying to invalidate my life. However I've pushed passed negativity and learned to love myself 100% without any stigma. I know who I am whether or not it suits other people. It's time we learned to live our own lives and not other people's. 😊 I want you all to be as involved as possible in being proud of being LGBTQIA+. Comment below your self love story being LGBTQIA , I would love to respond to your amazing lives! 💕if you aren't LGBTQIA+ and are an ally tag someone who is , and tell them why they inspire you 😄 It's time LGBTQIA+ lives become as important as everyone else's ~ T xxx
I'm so so honored to be apart of @raymondbraun's #VisibleMe project. In mainstream media, the LGBT+ community is often ... one-note. A butch lesbian with a flannel, a slender and muscular white gay man. Bisexual people can be protrayed as greedy, trans women as men in dresses (trans men are virtually unrepresented). The other facets of our community are practically ignored, erased, or altogether denied. I love what #VisibleMe stands for and I felt compelled to contribute --to be Visible. I am so proud of who I've become and my brothers and sisters and siblings in the community who have come this far with me. We are all different, all unique, and one day we will all be visible.
I'm so proud abs honored to be apart of @raymondbraun 's #visibleme highlighting voices from LGBTQ, I'm inspired by #visibleme because it shows that platforms such as social media are trying to create change and awareness for People like me! I created this #visibleme video to speak my voice. This video is brought up from a place of loneliness, I used to think that by being transgender I would never be loved or even liked by anyone. I was wrong and I'm glad I have the support from my friends and family to be who I am and speak my voice. Thank you for watching! #visibleme
@homocasm: "I wanted to participate in the #VisibleMe project because it highlights the struggles we as a LGBTQ+ community have or go through every single day, but it also emphasizes on our dreams and goals for the future within our community, the changes we want to make, and the goals we want to achieve. I believe in everything the #VisibleMe campaign stands for, and helping the next generation not feel like they're alone in making any decisions like I was when I was younger, holding all that anger and sorrow of trying to find yourself was not healthy for me, and I don't want anybody to go through that like I did. You're never alone, there's millions of us out there and as a community we want to help YOU! Thank you @raymondbraun for this amazing opportunity." ____________ #VisibleMe is curated by @raymondbraun. The project is dedicated to making the (in)visible visible by shining a spotlight on diverse, compelling stories from LGBTQ youth all around the world. To share your story, e-mail Raymond at email@example.com.