I don’t have a lot of a popping out story. My mother (who, plot twist, turned out to be queer too!) raised my little Puerto Rican self with an unshakable sense that God made me in Their picture and so I turned out precisely the best way God supposed. I had my first girlfriend at 15 however I by no means got here out as a result of I by no means felt prefer it was one thing I wanted to admit. I already had a label for who and what I used to be: Christina Nieves. Rising up, my mother noticed me as a simply one other child discovering who I used to be, like everybody else, which allowed me to embrace myself and my queerness.
Not everyone seems to be afforded the privilege of current with out concern. We reside in a world the place many individuals are shamed, harmed and even killed for being who they’re. For simply current. As writers, our superpower is that we will conjure complete worlds into being, and people worlds may be of service to what was, what’s or what can be. I need to assist create a world we’ve got but to see, the place BIPOC and queer individuals like me get to exist unafraid, unashamed and having a rattling good motherfuckin’ time!
Enter Era, the radically queer brainchild of Zelda and her father, Daniel Barnz. I used to be employed because the writers’ assistant and felt a lot gratitude to be a part of a group that wished to inform genuine, joyful, inclusive, hilarious and heartfelt queer tales. Then at some point, my showrunners referred to as (really, Zoomed) and informed me that not solely would I be co-writing an episode with Zelda and Daniel, however they have been selling me to workers author. Cue the waterworks! I went on to put in writing a second episode later within the season, signed with literary brokers, began making actual cash for the primary time in my life and took my profession to the subsequent degree. I used to be as soon as once more being seen, this time by my bosses, as a gifted author who deserved a seat on the desk, which helped me to see myself that approach too.
I’m not the one one that felt seen by Era. My 40-something tia referred to as after the premiere, sobbing as a result of she unexpectedly acknowledged her teen self within the present’s Gen Z characters. A good friend in his 30s texted to say he by no means realized how badly he wished children till he noticed himself mirrored in Joe, a Black homosexual dad on the present. A queer teenager from Texas messaged me to say watching Era “was the closest I ever felt to being understood.” I’ve learn a whole lot of tweets concerning the present and so a lot of them boil right down to the identical important thought: thanks for seeing me.
To be seen is to be beloved. Whether or not it’s by your mother, your boss, or a TV present, being seen can change your life. It’s a hug. It’s a inexperienced gentle. It’s a rattling get together. It’s a present I’ve been given so many occasions and I’ll maintain paying it ahead till all of us really feel actually, deeply seen.