there once was a storyteller who lived for many centuries; people far and wide came to know the characters and creatures within their stories. one autumn, the storyteller began to tell five new stories - or rather, began to delve further into characters’ lives that had become familiar to people everywhere.
when you were growing up, how many people in leadership roles looked like you? how many characters in books, television, or in movies, were like you? did you feel like you could become a leader, an actor, or that you would ever see your life experience represented in a book? true - inspiration can be found in someone who looks different than you, or has a different life experience from yours - but: do accurate portrayals of people similar to you exist?
it is easy for some people to say yes to all of these; they have grown up feeling represented everywhere. if they happened to disagree with one leader that looked like them, there was another leader that looked the same, but with different policies, to take their place. characters and actors in television and movies looked like them, and it was fairly easy to find someone that aligned with their life experience in literature.
an increasing number of respected psychological associations worldwide denounce “therapies” aimed at “changing” an individual’s sexual orientation. one of their reasons: sexual orientation is not able to be changed. practices developed to achieve “change” normally involve an element of disgust toward anything outside heteronormativity. due to such an extreme bias, the “therapy” is tainted, placing it permanently outside professional therapeutic standards.