Mixed Feelings // Perspectives //

Being mixed is a part of my identity that I embrace. But it wasn’t always this way. As much as I believed to be unaffected by my skin color and where my parents were from, it did shape the way I looked out at the world and also how the world looked at me.

I soon realized that growing up as a person of color sheds a different lens on your life. Whether or not it is obvious, judgment is placed on all people. It is human nature to find a way to identify with one another – to connect with one another.

For mixed people, this can be a unique experience. Because you do not fit within one culture or the other specifically, you somehow remain on the outside of those cultures. Furthermore, while being a Canadian is what my nationality is, Canada is a country that encourages its citizens to embrace its multiculturalism as its identity. So it gets confusing.

Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how important it is to understand your roots and your heritage. It is only with understanding our history can we move into the future.

In my latest podcast, I speak with Jo who is also of mixed race. We bond and discuss our experiences growing up mixed and oddly enough have had very different perspectives on being mixed:

Are you mixed? Have you had similar experiences?  Sound off in the comments below! 

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Queer Britain // TV That’s Snatching My Weave

So another one to watch guys. BBC Three just started a series called “Queer Britain” where they tackle different topics based on the LGBTQ perspective. I just got watching the first one and it’s always been a very enticing subject for me: Being Gay and Religious. Check out the first of the series below:

(Also how adorable is the host?)

Watching anything amazing? Sound off in the comments!

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REVIEW: Moonlight – Outside the Shadows // Film That’s Snatching My Weave

Moonlight tells the story of a young boy named Chiron who is living in a ghetto with his mom. The film is split into three sections, each capturing a moment in time of Chiron’s growth as an individual. More than anything, the story is about identity (my favorite thing to talk about!) and finding a way to be at peace with who you are despite the way life has unfolded.

I enjoyed the layering in the film Moonlight. It covers being a person of color and poverty – Chiron being born into a not so ideal situation with his single mother addicted to drugs. The fact that these two concepts of being black and poor are a true reality for many,  I was glad to see this film tackle both in such an honest way. The struggles Chiron faces as a young boy in the ghetto are beautifully drawn with his desire for love from any one who has the patience to listen. It teaches of compassion and understanding – the foundation of who he becomes is set in the first act.

Moonlight covers off the forever unmoving ideology of masculinity. It challenges what it means to be a man in the world and what it takes to survive. The concept of sacrificing your own identity and putting your own life aside just to get by is something that struck a chord in me. Chiron is unable to understand who he can be and instead falls victim to his environment.

This film is a must watch. The display of these concepts- poverty, masculinity, and personal identity; they are all relatable to any person willing to look into themselves and then look out to the world. 

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“Sometimes, it’s more than that” // A Fight Against Homophobia and Transphobia //

I was lucky enough to work on a video project with The 519, an LGBTQI Community Centre in the heart of Toronto’s Church Street. The project was for Hear It Stop It, a camapign that addresses the use of transphobic and homophobic language use.

When approached for the project I was asked “why? What am I doing this for?” I simply felt I wanted to give back to my community with a project that matched my skillset. So I conceptualized this project and decided what I wanted to convey.

I believed that the concept for these videos should really strike a feeling for viewers who will then question their actions and then become advocates to continue the idea of “hearing and stopping” the perpetuation of homophobic and transphobic language use.

It is time we make a change, it’s time that people recognize sexuality is secondary to the many things that make you who you are. Fuck labels, and fuck people who try to define you, and put you down. We are all unicorns.

One of the most important things that should be understood not just by people outside our community but people within it that, there is no such thing as levels of homophobia. People may think that having a campaign against homophobic words is so insignificant where there are people being hunted and prosecuted for being gay in other countries.

There isn’t a point where one should be actionable over the other. The fact that homophbia exists, regardless of its degree of direct harm is what people should be trying to understand.

I was so grateful to hear stories that varied in degree, some of them being completely heartbreaking.

We do not realize how much hatred and lack of acceptance there is out in the world, so I was lucky that I was able to address this in these videos. I hope you like, share and pledge to no longer be a bystander to homophobic or transphobic language.