Now is the time to be me. From the moment I began my private, Catholic schooling, I had very high expectations placed on me by the adults in my life. I exceeded in school, was faithful, and was all around the perfect child. But this golden girl was hiding a huge secret; the fact that I am not a normal girl. As a middle schooler, I knew I was gay and gender nonconforming. This was scary, as I felt like I was leading a double life. After all, I had grown up learning that being gay was a bad thing my entire life. It was not until I got to college and surrounded myself with friends, that I realized I should not sacrifice my happiness for a religion that made me feel like a blemished outcast. While it has proven challenging, I now dedicate myself to living my authentic, happy truth every day. Be yourself!