Personal Narrative: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

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For the longest time, I couldn’t explain or even understand the importance of representation, it was something that I unconsciously wanted. Growing up I felt this disconnect, like there was this wall between me and everyone else and I didn’t understand why until I hit my teens and understood that I was gay. I was raised Lutheran, so accepting my orientation wasn’t easy for me and it made me angry. I just didn’t understand what I was feeling, and that’s where being a huge bookworm helped, I turned to books to try to find myself. I remember the first time I read The Miseducation of Cameron Post, I never connected to a character’s experiences like that before. It helped me realize that I’m not alone, and at the same it made me realize how there weren’t many good LGBT+ stories out there, whether in literature or in the media and the more I looked the more discouraged I became, there are millions of books, movies, and TV shows with purely straight characters but I could never hope for a show with more than a few or, god forbid only queer characters. It’s like there’s an unspoken rule that I can’t hope for more and that’s why I want to attend ClexaCon, I want to help break the…show more content…
I want to be a Producer/Screenwriter and I truly believe that attending ClexaCon will help me become the best I can be. I want to create content, stories with positive representation. It seems silly that one should care so much about seeing yourself on TV or in movies. What difference would it make? Then I remember the first time I saw myself represented, and it was in that moment that I realized that I was allowed to exist and I want to create stories to help others realize the same. Stories are important, they are reflections of people, of what’s happening in the world and when you don’t see yourself in those stories it’s like being told you don’t

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