For Pride month, I struggled thinking about what to write for posts. I have a bunch of people in my life who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and I thought why not feature one or two in a post each week. But then I thought, why should I tell their story for them? It’s not my story to tell. So I reached out to a few of my friends who have already come out and have been out for a while to tell their story in hopes of making the world a bit more understanding and share what Pride means to them.
Before I get to what Marshall wrote for this post I thought I’d explain a little bit as to how I came to know Marshall. As you know, I was active in an organization called Rainbow (if you don’t know here is a link to a post I wrote about it). My friend Mel, who is still active in the organization, had a friend who joined named Meredith. He was pretty active at the time and it was always good to see him. A little while into Rainbow, Meri stopped coming and Mel and her mom told us that she now identifies as male and therefore left Rainbow. I know Rainbow accepts transgender girls, but none of us knew if DeMoly accepted transgender boys, so we didn’t know at the time if Marshall could stay active in the overall Masonic family if he chose to do so. I tried looking it up for this post but I found nothing saying DeMolay didn’t accept transgender people so as far as I know there is nothing against it. Anyways, Marshall didn’t stay involved, which is totally okay, and it was like I was never going to see him again. After all, Marshall and Mel both went to the same school and were both involved in theater. So any time I went to one of Mel’s shows I was greeted with a big hug from him. Here is what Marshall wrote for this post:
“My name is Marshall, and I’ve been out for almost 4 years now. It’s been a journey, but it’s been made easier with the friends that I had there next to me the whole way. I came out to my friends as transgender (ftm) and pansexual a little bit after I started my freshman year of high school, and that was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It took a bit of time for me to fully accept myself, but four years later I’m able to say I’m proud of who I am.
June is always been my favorite month of the year for other reasons, but after coming out I fell even more in love with June since its Pride month. June is one of the few times during the year that I feel like I can just be me and not be afraid of what others have to say. Being surrounded by so many people just like me shows me that it’s okay to be proud and be myself.
Happy pride month!”
I was sad to know that Marshall was not going to be in rainbow with us anymore but I am so glad that he found himself. That is all anyone could ask for for someone in their life. And having a community you can rely on for support and that will celebrate you for being you is always a wonderful thing. Shout out to Marshall for writing about his story and what pride means to him and I hope that his words make someone feel a little less alone in the world.
Happy Pride Everyone!
Becky & Marshall