Stencil Design by Jona Radam
Photography by Tasneem Dairywala and Mustafa Abbas
Many people from the LGBTQ+ community are struggling to come out as who they are because they don’t want to face discrimination based on their gender or sexual orientation. I made a stencil of two gay men closing their eyes because hearing homophobic slurs hurt them and made them feel unimportant. I covered their faces with bandanas with rainbow colours because the rainbow represents the LGBTQ+ community. I want to incorporate this in the Flemingdon Park/Thorncliffe Park communities because I want people to see that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are humans and they have feelings. I hear many people, especially in my school, using homophobic slurs – calling people “gay” or saying “dude that’s gay.” The word “gay” shouldn’t be used as an insult. People in our community have to start accepting that everyone is not straight and accept others as who they are.