With My Fist Held High

Submitted by Serephine Renaud, the model.

“I’d like to officially declare to the world that I am a heterosexual boy who believes with all his heart and soul that a boy has just as much of a right to be pretty as would a girl. My whole life has been one big maze of hatred, repression, and the belief that because my chromosomes have a ‘Y’ that I should act a certain way. Well I made my way through that maze and never once returned to the entrance in defeat. Never go back to the entrance, and when you finally find your way to the center, I encourage you to stand tall with your fist raised high and scream with me, ‘We were ridiculed but resisted. We were beaten but not broken. We are free for now and forever more.’

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Posted by on June 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Category: faces 15 comments »

15 Responses to “With My Fist Held High”

  1. Anonymous

    you are simply amazing. I am glad u are able to be yourself we simply need more people like you in the world.


  2. Anonymous

    You are wonderful and beautiful!!!


  3. Elle

    Love the ears!


  4. Duo Spiritus

    Absolutely stunning! The world would be a better place if more people believed as you did.

    Thank you.

    Yours in Queerness,
    Duo Spiritus


  5. John Moore

    I’m genderqueer and I can only agree with everyone else above and wish I looked that good in a dress :D


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  7. Dani

    you are such an inspiration! (and purple is totally your color :)


  8. Als

    Wow, you are completely gorgeous!


  9. Anonymous

    rock on!


  10. Alex

    I think you are totally freaking amazing. I love what you wrote about finding your way through the maze, it nearly made me cry. I’m just now starting out on this maze, but when I find my way through it, I’ll be standing there next to you, fist raised in triumph! I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring I find you, really.


  11. Anonymous

    Awesome! I feel similar, I just lack the confidence.


  12. Aubri

    I typed up and printed out your inspirational victory cry and pinned it to my cubicle wall at work. Totally awesome!


  13. Chris

    As others have said such an inspiration

    Out of all the awesomeness of this comment I love in particular

    “a boy has just as much of a right to be pretty as would a girl.”
    “We were ridiculed but resisted. We were beaten but not broken. We are free for now and forever more.”

    It has taken ages for me to realise the person I am and be proud of who I am. My teenage years were so confusing and horrible trying to be a stereotypical straight man but now at the age of 21 I can be joyful and live my life to the full as a bisexual with his mix of masculine and feminine. I will never go back; only look forward!!!


  14. epistemicmurk

    Love it.


  15. tigr

    Serephine, you are wonderful. [And I love your name too!]


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