Pride Stories: Chris

By June 29, 2018 Home, News, Quotes

We continue our Pride Story series today hearing from Chris.

I spent a lot of time trying to find a label that fit.  I knew I was different but I grew up in a culture that didn’t know how to talk about sexuality.  It was incredibly painful and isolating to not feel like I belonged with a certain group or culture.  I compartmentalized, hid and shamed parts of myself in an attempt to appear “normal”…just like everyone else.

Eventually, the pain became too much for me and I began a long search for some sort of relief.  I have come to realize that what makes me different is what makes me powerful.  Fully accepting my Queerness was the remedy to my pain. I have a great sense of pride in fully embracing what makes me unique.  And in doing so, I feel it allows others the freedom to be their own unique selves.

That’s what I love about the rainbow symbol because it incorporates the entire visible spectrum.  No matter how you identify, no matter where you fall on the spectrum, you are part of a beautiful prismatic display.  And no matter what the path, Bodhi is here to honor it.  It is something I experienced here from day one.  It is rare to have such a loving and encouraging community.  I’m grateful for Bodhi and their encouragement to live my authentic life.

-Chris

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Bodhi is a non-religious spiritual community in Chicago, IL. We awaken individuals to live their inherent power and purpose. Through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community, we reveal Oneness in service of the people of Chicago and beyond.

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