"Anyone represented by a letter in the acronym LGBTQ is being real by coming out, by being themselves. I am a gay, more-fem-than-masc, gender-expansive man who is on guard almost daily when I leave my house. That’s because I’m showing myself — being real — in a country where leaders call transgender soldiers a “disruption,” where law makers try to diminish the lives of people they deem morally subversive, where citizens think their religious freedom deserves more protection than my life. Regardless of that, we L’s, G’s, B’s, T’s, & Q’s do not deserve all the fear, hate, and discrimination that comes our way. We’re human beings, god damn it. I’m so tired of the fear that strangled my childhood. The fear that I continue to allow to inhibit my present. Do you think a heterosexual man knows what it feels like to walk down the street and fear a verbal or physical intrusion that could interrupt an otherwise peaceful existence, just because? I doubt it."