A week or so ago, I wrote about the importance of teaching kids to boldly and confidently confront their personal obstacles in a time of rampant, “official-sponsored” adversity to human decency.
Along these very lines, this afternoon I happened across an Instagram post (reposted by @humanrightscampaign) by TV actor Keiynan Lonsdale that both reinforces this idea as well as exemplifies the struggles inherent in self-identity and sexuality faced by so many young people today.
Lonsdale – whose newfound stardom is thanks in large part to his role as Wally West/Kid Flash on the CW’s “The Flash” TV series – has a large audience to which his message hopefully resonates; he currently has nearly half a million Instagram followers and just under ninety thousand followers on Twitter.
I am sharing his message here not to further expose his message (because he really doesn’t need this site for that) but to demonstrate the realities that shape our world and the positive influence someone with a “spotlight” can have.
The full post reads:
“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it’s fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we’re all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤”
To Keiynan and all those who feel his message of love, peace and self-acceptance ring true to them and their lives, know that we are on your side.Click here for reuse options!
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