It is June, Pride Month, and we have a treat for you all!
We were gifted with such a privilege to interview a fellow friend and amazing role model - Cameron. He is a United States Air Force aviator, and boy a what a time it is to be alive!!
He recently attended Q Prom in Shreveport, LA, which was an event held for LGBTQIA+ members that allowed them to recreate their own prom.
Before the event, he showed up to the studio in his mess dress uniform looking ohhh so dapper. Although he did not have a date to the Q Prom, he was all so courageous and excited to attend solo and meet new folks.
To describe him in a few words, he has the warmth of a ray of sunshine with the sweetness of a macaron and the air of a well composed gentleman. What else could you ask for?? Am I right?!
We sat down and asked him a few questions....
*The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog/article/interview are solely Cameron’s and no others.
Me - “What is the most important thing you would like people to know about you as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community?”
Cameron - “ 'Things are rough all over.' – Cherry Valence, The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
It is a cliché answer. I am human and that is the truth. I do not always get things right, and I face difficulties and adversities every day. These obstacles do not define us. How I, you, and everyone chooses to handle these obstacles makes us who we are. I strive to be better than yesterday and learn from my short comings. I aim to live my best life, while I am breaking down barriers and walls to be my most authentic self."
Me - “What do you feel like, from your own opinion, is the most common misconception about LGBTQIA+ members?”
Cameron - "The most common misconception of the LGBTQIA+ community is the public’s sexualization of queer culture. People fixate on sexual undertones rather than the artistic value and dedication involved. One way I can speak to this is in this example: drag and leather communities are comparable to burlesque and modeling pageants. Drag and burlesque are ultimately visual arts, forms of self-expression, and forms of personal empowerment; whereas, leather and modeling pageants showcase people of the community that worked tirelessly on eloquence, couth, dedication to physical fitness, etc. These examples all have sexual facets, but that facet is NOT what they stand for at the end of the day. People of the LGBTQIA+ community are people; we are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends and your family. A community should be just that, a community. There should not have to be any adjective in front of that."
Me - “As a role model for the younger LGBTQIA+ generation, what would your best advice be about the world we live in and how to maneuver their thoughts, actions, and expectations?”
Cameron - "Communicate, Unconditionally Love, and Be Happy. The world can be a scary place, but it does not have to be. I recommend surrounding yourself with those that make it as close to a utopia as possible. Talk with friends and learn new things every day; there is always room for personal growth. Ask that wallflower if they would like to sit with you if you have an open chair. The small gestures go a long way. If there are causes or organizations you believe in, then you should go volunteer, help, and support them. If there is not one, then go start an organization for that cause. You cannot always be a follower; sometimes, you have to lead. Lastly, you determine your self-worth and no one else should convince you that is anything less than a diamond. Go forth and shine!"
Happy Pride everyone!!
Much love, always.