I realize as a Spectrumite, just about anything I say is open to scrutiny, and on occasion, opens me up to further exclusion from the workforce.
However, if I’m going to be honest with myself, I have to be open and accept who I am. All variations of it.
It’s June, a month-wide celebration of all things LGBTQIA+. I’ve been very open about my ASD to help fight stigmatization for the ASD community. For a couple years, I had struggled with coming to terms with this next part and if I was ever going to go public with it. It’s taken me this long to be able to articulate it, but I want to destigmatize all parts of me.
So, with that in mind, I’m openly declaring my asexuality.
It’s a bold move, but I’m done hiding who I am for others. I’m sure I’m not the only Spectrumite wrestling with their orientation. If this hurts my chances of employment, then I guess that’s one less employer to waste my time with.
I came to this conclusion last August, so this would be my first Pride Month since I realized a bit more of who I am. I didn’t want to miss making a statement this month.
It doesn’t matter who you love or in what way; all that matters is showing you care.
I’m done hiding myself. Judge me accordingly. Or don’t. I’m living my life, and I hope you’ll live yours to the fullest.
And that’s how we move forward: By being open and honest with ourselves and hoping for the same from others.
As always, may you find peace with yourself, within yourself. Rock on.