Finishing off my makeup with a pink glitter gel highlight has become second nature at this point, but it wasn’t always that way. Growing up as a closeted member of the LGBTQ+ community, I constantly felt obligated to blend in and divert attention away from myself. Since I didn’t have a choice, I did just that. It was in my late teens that my love for glitter and openly expressing my sexuality started to go hand in hand.
In my experience, standing out and shining in ways that differed from the norm were frowned upon. Inherently, as a queer person, I was different from what society said was normal solely by existing. No matter what I did, it wasn’t “accepted” because of who I was. My identity wasn’t celebrated and I definitely didn’t celebrate myself.
When I was a child, I was obsessed with glitter and rainbows like many other girls. I went to school with glitter hairspray and a rainbow backpack. It was fine and “normal” because I was a little girl.
As I grew up, I realized many of my peers started to dress in ways that were less vibrant. That’s definitely not my style, but I followed along for the sake of fitting in. My rainbow butterfly clips were replaced by beige barrettes. I abandoned my sparkly Limited Too tops in favor of plain old T-shirts.
However, when I entered college, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was tired of hiding who I was and that’s when I took charge. With the help of glitter, I was able to be myself.