As part of Stonewall’s 30th birthday celebrations, we’re sharing the stories of people affected by positive change to legislation.
Li is a non-binary Black Brazilian artist who works across performance, creative producing and digital media. They are currently on the last year of a BA Hons degree in Performance Arts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Their work is often influenced by the current political climate, personal experiences and the relationship between identity, social spaces and belonging.
What does LGBT equality mean to you?
LGBTQ+ equality to me means having the right to express oneself openly and love freely. It means having all aspects of one's identity respected, from gender to sexuality.
What made you want to share your story?
I believe that non-binary identities are still unrepresented in the media, but despite that we are here and we are valid. I also wanted to show that non-binary people of colour exist and we are beautiful.
Tell us about your own personal star moment.
An important moment for me was the Stonewall residence I attended earlier this year. It was a life-changing experience as I got to meet other LGBTQ+ people of colour and we built an incredible community. I am proud to say that now I have a brilliant support system thanks to the work of Stonewall, a charity that actively fights for LGBTQ+ rights.
What are your hopes for the future?
My hope for the future is to live in a society where everyone can express their identity and love without fear. A society where people don't force their own wants and beliefs upon others' identities. I want to live in a world where LGBTQ+ people aren't kicked out of their homes, become victims of hate crime and suffer with poor mental health. And lastly, I want to see a society that acknowledges non-binary identities and protects our rights.
What would you say to someone who wants to support LGBT equality?
I believe that empathy and knowledge are key to being a good LGBTQ+ ally. Being open to learn more about the experiences and struggles of LGBTQ+ people is essential to support our cause.
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