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Coming Out Stories

Coming Out Stories – Olivia

When did you come out to yourself?

Olivia:  Looking back, I’ve always know that I liked girls, even back in kindergarten.  But I think, the young mind is more innocent.  I didn’t see liking girl as something bad or something odd, it was just natural.

So, how did your mom react? I think most Asian/Asian-Americans are worried first and foremost about how their parents will react or think of them.

Olivia:  I think they try their best to raise their children and if something goes even remotely different from the expectation, they see it as their fault.  But it really isn’t.  My mom was calm at first and said this is something she needs to discuss with my dad.

(excerpt from Olivia’s Out and Successful interview)

About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


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