William, Student, New York City

photo by Kevin  Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

William, in his own words: “Being gay means being a person. A person with as much love as any other. A person who shares his or her love with whomever deserves it just the same as someone who is straight because being gay is no different than being straight in the sense that we all are from the species and we all are capable of the same things in one way or another.

I’ve faced many hurdles along the way during my life. People have questioned my sexuality and made it their business as early as 4th grade. Which is sad. That people will snoop and fight to get things out of you before you even know it yourself. I’ve been pushed and belittled because of my sexuality by men and women for no reason because they have this feeling inside that I will negatively effect them due to my sexuality. It’s been a struggle but I choose to ignore things because these things have no effect on me and don’t harm me in anyway because these people’s are so sad and so uncomfortable with who they are themselves.

The gay community in New York is inconsistent and slightly creepy. In a sense that you adore it like that crazy aunt who takes in stray cats and calls them her children. You love it because you have to. Because you’d be a little lost without It.

(With regards to coming out) People figured it out before me. I was an open box. Nothing to hide. I never felt the need to just explain myself and label myself. Instead, I chose to just experiment and learn about myself as a person and find myself. It’s been an easy process and everybody knows and is fine with it. It’s been an easy road on that topic and I’m blessed with that.”

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