This letter is part of our inaugural editorial series, “Letter to Myself,” in which we asked 40 remarkable queer people to write a note to their younger selves.
Nobody cares. I say that in the best possible way. You’re gonna spend a lot of time really agonizing whether your parents and friends will hate you because of who you love—they won’t. They will surprise you and embrace you and love you for you. Also, you’re beautiful. You will figure out who you are and you will find the love of your life and you will have a beautiful family. Most importantly, you have a fire within you—nurture it. Protect it. Feed it.
There’s more hatred in the world than you anticipate. I’m not trying to scare you but prepare you. People will try to silence you and intimidate you and sideline you—keep fighting. Right now, you want to storm the gates of the castle and you’re cocky and you think it’s going to be easy. It’s not. It’s hard. And you’re going to get your ass kicked and you’re going to come dangerously close to losing your will to fight and shutting up because that is way easier. But I’m here to tell you that you’re going to make it through. You’re going to live your dreams and speak your truth and you’re going to be happy.
Angela Robinson is the director of Professor Marson and the Wonder Women, which will be released in theaters on October 13.
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