Being gay has honestly been so central to my development as a person and the way my life has gone since I’ve come out. Like in no way would I be the same person if I were straight. I’ve lost friends over this and gained friends over this. I’ve been through really dark times and really good times, all because I’m gay. The way I interact with the world, people, and myself are all affected by my sexuality. Even my gender is. So like, of course being gay is part of my personality. It’s shaped me. I am a gay person. I shouldn’t have to forget my experiences because straight people don’t like it.