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Aceable’s LGBTQ Team Members on First Crushes, Gay Anthems, and Advice to Their High School Selves

Happy Pride month, Acelets! We hope you’ve had an amazing time this month either being celebrated or helping to celebrate your family and friends in the LGBTQ community. While we love all of our students, we wanted to take a little extra time this week to show some love to those who identify as LGBTQ!  

We want to celebrate YOU! YOU who’s still in the closet because you’re scared of what your friends and family might think, YOU who’s out and proud, YOU who’s celebrating your very first Pride, YOU who is feeling a little confused and alone, YOU who has that giant secret crush on your best friend –– we want to celebrate all the YOUs who make up our beautiful LGBTQ student family. 

Since we’re all family here, we thought we’d bring a few Aceable teammates into this to see what they learned from going through high school as an LGBTQ teen…

Brad Wilkinson, Aceable Office Manager aka H.B.I.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What are the three things you wish you could go back and tell your in-the-closet high school self?

I would tell my high school self that…

  • Your parents are actually a whole lot cooler and more accepting than you think.
  • Being gay is totally separate from being religious, or being a good friend, liking football, or being good at painting. None of the important stuff about you has to change just because of this other part of who you are.
  • It’s ok to be a work in progress, there is not a right way, or a wrong way to do this. You’re going to be just fine!

2. What is your favorite gay anthem?

This isn’t a gay anthem… yet. But, I listened to “Say” by John Mayer about 1,000 times before I came out to my family. I don’t think that is what John intended, but you take inspiration where you can get it.

3. Who was your first same sex celeb crush?

M.A.R.K.Y. M.A.R.K!! I’m still not over it.

 

Caitlan Martinez, Customer Experience Hero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What are the three things you wish you could go back and tell your in-the-closet high school self?

I would love to go back and tell high school me these 3 things:

  • Don’t be ashamed at finding girls pretty and not being interested in boys.
  • Don’t be scared to ask about the experiences of your friends that are already out.
  • I promise you won’t feel so alone forever.

2. What is your favorite gay anthem?

Hands down, my gay anthem song AND music video is “All The Things She Said” by t.A.T.u.. Also, any bops from lesbian Jesus, Hayley Kiyoko.

3. Who was your first same sex celeb crush?

10-year-old me first discovered how “appreciative” I could be of women’s beauty when I first saw Liv Tyler as Arwen in Lord of the Rings. Oh Cait, you poor little gay nerd, there’s a reason why you keep re-watching all of Arwen’s scenes.

 

Andie Flores, Content Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What are the three things you wish you could go back and tell your in-the-closet high school self?

I do wish I could go back and tell high school me:

  • It is so okay to ask difficult – or sometime obvious – questions. This is how you get to know yourself.
  • You don’t need to feel exhausted from spending precious energy fighting any of your feelings. Let life happen and make life happen.
  • Your unique ideas about queerness and beauty are so valid, so fulfilling, and so refreshing. Lean into what feels beautiful to you.

2. What is your favorite gay anthem?

Anything by Toni Braxton.

3. Who was your first same sex celeb crush?

Oh my, Halle Berry in The Flintstones and Cameron Diaz in The Mask… Y’all. C’mon.

 

Krista Doyle, Content Marketing Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What are the three things you wish you could go back and tell your in-the-closet high school self?

  • Even though it’s scary, it’s okay to be different than the people around you. It is these differences that will lead you to be happier than you could’ve possibly imagined. 
  • The people who are making you feel small right now won’t matter to you in just a few years. Try not to waste so much energy or emotions on caring what other people think.
  • You don’t have to exclusively wear flannel all of 2013 because you’re a lesbian and you just came out, but you will and that’s okay. Gay bars are not your thing and that’s okay. You’ll never want to have random hookups and that’s okay. There is no right or wrong way to be gay. 

2. What is your favorite gay anthem?

Anything by Whitney Houston, Britney, or Kesha. And, ironically, “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls.

3. Who was your first same sex celeb crush?

Wooo boy, the 90s were a TIME. A few notables were: Wendy Peffercorn from The Sandlot, Gabrielle Union in Bring It On, and of course, Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. I married a real life Wendy Peffercorn, so hang in there my little gay babies, it truly does get better.

 

Happy Pride, sweet Acelets. Now go love and celebrate yourself!

 

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