As I write this post, my mind goes back to a hot August day. It was the beginning of my Friday before the big campus parties and my homegirl "Cree," and I were eating lunch.
Cree asked me "Yannick, what type of work did you do back home."
"I work as a church musician and I used to work at a hardware store," I replied as I munched on my good old cheeseburger.
I looked up and Cree had this puzzled look on her face. It was like her face had became numb and she replied "But You're Gay."
I couldn't do anything but laugh.
It had me thinking to myself "Does my sexuality determine what type of job I should have?"
Many people often have the stereotype that Gay Men, Transgender people, and gender non conforming people often can only snag call center jobs, office jobs, fast food jobs, and stereotypically Hairdressers or make up artists.
This misconception is entirely untrue. Would you believe it if I told you that I've worked in a warehouse, grouphomes, day camp facilities, and I've even been a stage manager? These are some of the occupations that I as a genderqueer have held, femininity and all.
There are many people just like me that have jobs that people do not see them fit for. However, my sexuality does not qualify me, my work ethic and experience does.
Many people do not see me holding high ranking positions in ministry either because I'm gay. The last time I checked God looks at my heart not my sexuality.