Tell us about yourself! What do you do for a living? What are your interests? What are your pronouns?
Tim, he/him. Currently, I am a student at the University of Central Florida. I’m studying anthropology. My interests and passions lie creatively; I am producing my own podcast, and I‘m also trying to establish myself as a recording artist. I also love learning about sustainability, animals, and whatever I can do to reduce waste and take care of Mother Nature.
About how old were you when you came out? How was the climate you grew up in?
I was 17 when I came out; the climate I grew up in was transitional. There were a lot more queer norms in media and the everyday world, but my bubble/family was extremely conservative and bigoted so despite what they thought about me, I never have discussed my personal life with them. I do not think they are mature or supportive enough.
Did you make career choices that allowed you to feel comfortable being open about your sexuality? (Are you out or feel comfortable being out at your workplace?)
I’ve worked as a server most recently for a few years, during school. It was like always being on display, so I let people indulge me with stereotypical questions and comments, but it was out of singing for my supper and not comfort. Not an ideal way to have to be. Aside from that, my music is a reflection of my experiences in this world, and I feel completely uninhibited doing that, so yes. There is comfort for me.
If you could tell your younger self something about yourself that you are proud of today, what would it be?
You set a goal (music) and made it happen. Didn’t matter how long it took, or what the circumstances may have been – you did it. Just breathe and stay focused.
Have you tried to surround yourself with like-minded peers/colleagues? If so, how?
Yes and no. I’m not much of a people person so my circle is pretty small. I’ve been able through trial and error to know my own boundaries well enough to know how to surround myself with like-minded people. No energy for people with who I don’t vibe with.
Who were your role models growing up? What tv shows/movies allowed you to feel seen?
I do not have any role models from growing up! Will & Grace was the only show during my upbringing that I felt seen with. I also had to watch it private bc my family was hyper-opinionated about LGBT+ life. Fortunately for youths and folks starting to come out NOW, there is more representation and that’s necessary. It’s not fun feeling like you no camaraderie.
Complete the sentence, if I knew ____________ back when I was first figuring myself out, I would tell my younger self that _____________________?
If I knew it was going to be a long process to figure myself out back when I was first figuring myself out, I would tell my younger self that what other people say doesn’t always matter. Do you
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