We all need to see some smiling, friendly, queer faces from time to time. After all, that's part of the reason why so many of us are online: looking for information, art, or resources to feel closer to a sense of community. And while Twitter can be actual hellfire most of the time, sometimes it's really, really good at connecting and uplifting its users with hashtags like #LGBTQglowup.
Over the weekend, members of the community tweeted out their gayby and theyby photos -- young LGBTQ+ people, mostly on the cusp of adolescence -- alongside photos of themselves once they've grown more into their identities. And the result was pretty inspiring.
\u201cI\u2019m more confident. I own my Blackness and queerness in ways I never thought I could.\n\n It didn\u2019t just get better. \n\nI\u2019m healing. I healed. \n\n #LGBTQglowup\u201d
— Jon Paul, Ed. D. (They/Them/Tired)\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\u270a\ud83c\udffe (@Jon Paul, Ed. D. (They/Them/Tired)\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\u270a\ud83c\udffe)
\u201cFrom closeted Christian to ghey Kween \ud83e\udd73\ud83d\udc8b\ud83d\udc78\ud83c\udffb\ud83d\udc96 #LGBTQglowup\u201d