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Pride is Love: Christopher Aquino, on Becoming Who He Is Meant To Be

 

By: Christopher Aquino

That moment you realize your sexuality is different from your peers is life changing because you feel like you need to act a certain way, or keep it from the people closest to you. All of that is about knowing how to accept yourself and who you choose to love, proudly.

 

But how do you accept yourself?

 

As an openly gay Admin Officer of Demand Science, I experience the company’s commitment to equality and inclusion first hand. Since I joined four years ago, Demand Science has fostered an environment where I feel comfortable to share who I am.

 

This is why I am personally grateful for the last 4 years.

 

The people I work with taught me that becoming comfortable with your decisions and your lifestyle is the key; that falling in love with someone of the same sex is okay; that the journey to fully accept yourself is to make sure that everything and everyone around you, love you for who you are and don’t make you feel anything less of that.

 

In this moment of my life, I understand that my choices will always be viewed differently and people will always question my sexuality. There might even be a point in time where all I need is to defend it to others, but I will always bear in mind that being open and honest about who you are is a good thing and that is the way that I should see it. I am proud of who I am because of the inclusion that Demand Science gave me.

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