a video about my journey to name my bisexuality, from childhood crushes othered through biphobia, to working through the harmful bi-erasure woven into the myth that "people are either straight or gay", and moving beyond stereotypes about bi people into a place of self-acceptance and love. includes poetry, digital art, and music.
a reflection of gratitude for a special visit out east at the only moment I could.
for many people in Canada, living in the time of COVID-19 has meant two months of not going to visit other people, staying home as much as possible, and staying two metres apart from others when out for necessities like a walk in nature or a trip for groceries. as someone who lives at least a thousand kilometres away from many friends and relatives, connecting through virtual means has become essential. however, those who live in the same region as their loved ones are being particularly challenged having to make such adjustments. since humans are social beings, chats over tea, exchanging hugs, and gathering in groups was difficult for us to give up despite how these sacrifices keep ourselves and others safe.
when I moved from Maine to New Brunswick for university in 2008, it was into a community - my move to Yellowknife in 2012 meant a much smaller circle of in-person connections. I was grateful to have Kevin's parents and friends, and friends I made in Yellowknife, but it was still a big change. being in Yellowknife was the farthest I had ever lived from my parents' homes. my university had only been a three hour drive away, but getting to Yellowknife meant a solid day of flying. this distance, and the permanent residency process from 2013-2016, complicated matters when events out east would come up; attending the event would mean arranging more than just getting time off work.