Coming to terms with your identity can be a struggle in and of itself, but when you add the perceived and real reactions of the people around you, it can seem nearly impossible. Brandon Meneses is a bright, caring, and spiritual young man who is full of life, energy, and focuses on being intentional and manifesting the life he wants to live. But he wasn’t always this way.
Brandon struggled with his identity since he was in kindergarten. Realizing that he liked boys confused him and he was unsure how to approach his new sexuality. This led him down a path of depression because he wasn’t living his fullest truth but couldn’t see how to embrace his identity.
His depression took a suicidal turn and in his darkest moment contemplated taking his own life while holding a knife to his wrists. This was a turning point for him and he slowly started coming out to his family and friends. Today, Brandon lives an open, happy, and healthy life as a real estate agent in South Florida.
On this episode, we’re talking about why it’s important to live your fullest truth and how you can embrace coming out. Our goal is to help support and shower you with love. To show you that it’s okay to own your sexuality. We’re also exploring how we, as allies, friends, and family, can support someone coming out. Brandon also talks about when, why, and how you can start to come out to your loved ones and what to do if someone isn’t accepting of your sexuality.
Have you ever struggled with your sexuality or identity? Do you know how to help someone through difficult times? How do you talk to your children about sexual identity? Leave me a comment below!
In This Episode:
- What happens when you come out
- What it’s like to realize the difference between liking hanging out with the guys and liking the boys
- How being in the closet can affect your mental health and lead to depression
- How you can help people through a coming out or transition
- Why it’s important to have open, encouraging conversations with your children
- How to create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community and those coming out
- How representation can help young people learning about their identities can ease the process of coming out
“Strength and really knowing that you’re enough is so powerful.” (16:12)
“I hope that when people hear this podcast they go, “Wow, someone else understands me!” And I think that’s the first step: for people to know that they’re not alone.” (21:13)
“Looking back at it, I would tell my mom to just let that little kid be the Queen that he thinks he is.” (28:38)
“Once I came out, I could put all of my energy into being the best me I could be.” (39:37)
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