VITAE AMBASSADORS SHARE THEIR STORIES (JUNE EDITION 🏳️‍🌈)

VITAE AMBASSADORS SHARE THEIR STORIES (JUNE EDITION 🏳️‍🌈)
Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈
Pride Month is almost coming to an end, but the love, support, and ally-ship from VITAE doesn't.

Here at Vitae, we strive to build a community that focuses on inclusion, self-love, and confidence - no matter race, ethnicity, age, shape, sexuality, and otherwise!
We want to celebrate Pride Month by sharing the stories from our Vitae Babes about their experience either being part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, being an ally, and standing for love!

 


SARAH ROLFE
@sarahann_r

Kingston, Ontario

"During my first year in college, I was in the Child and Youth worker program. During this program, I learned a lot about the LGBTQ+ community and some of the struggles that youth within this community face, and my heart was broken.

During my time working in the field with LGBTQ+ youth, I was able to listen to their stories, but I felt stuck when it came to finding the right words to assist the youth with overcoming their struggles. This is when I decided to register for a course called positive space, level 1 and 2. During this course, I learned how to be an ally and how to properly support those within the LGBTQ community, ensuring I use the correct wording. I learned how to be more empathetic and to be a good listener, as those within the community need to have their voices heard.

I have vowed to always provide an inclusive, safe space for all, especially as I work in the education field. I believe that all children and youth should feel safe at school to be their unique, authentic selves in a safe, judgement free zone."

 


KARINA KIROUAC
@karinakirouac
Quebec City, Quebec

"Hello! My name is Karina Kirouac (IG: karinakirouac). I'm 24 years old and I'm from Quebec. When I was 15 years old, I fell in love with one of my girl friends. She already knew that she was a lesbian, but for myself, it was the first time that I felt something for a girl.

I was really shy about that situation at first, but as time passed, I thought I had to do something with that. I started to talk about it to my friends, but it took more time to talk about it to my parents because I was afraid of their reaction. They always thought that the girl I was in love with was my friend until I told them she was more than that. When I told my parents about my relationship, I felt a feeling of relief. Our relationship lasted almost 2 years which is a lot for 2 young girls haha. We're not together anymore, but this relationship has changed my vision of love and sexuality.

Today, I can say that I am proud of the decision I made to talk about it with my parents. They were very understanding and supportive. If you are ever in a similar situation, I suggest that you discuss it with people you trust or talk to a professional. It is important not to remain silent. Love is beautiful and should be lived. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜"

 


JESSICA ROBERGE
@jessicaroberge
Quebec City, Quebec

"The day I joined the pride movement is the day I realized that I didn't need anyone other than myself to be happy…

I was 8 years old and my first boyfriend and I were not very very happy! There was a lot of trouble and sadness for me… The day he left me I thought my life was over. I didn't want to live anymore. It was the darkest moment I have lived. I got up and fought to be happy, I have traveled alone, enjoying time with my friends and taking care of my health! Today I have a new boyfriend, it's been two years, I'm enjoying every moment and I'm very happy!

It’s not easy every day, but being positive is key! In short, I had to fall very low to realize that the person I loved most in the world is me and that it’s important to think about your own happiness before loving someone else! Do the things we love and surround ourselves with people who respect us 💛 ✨"

 


 

Thank you to these lovely ladies for sharing their stories with us! 💕

Let's remember that we are more similar than we are different - love is love, always.

Be prideful and celebrate all that you are!
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

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If you have a story you would like to share, we'd love to hear it!
Please email us at media@vitaeapparel.com with your name, IG handle, location, a photo of yourself in Vitae, along with your story. Make the subject line "Share your story" so we don't miss it!
With love, Vitae Apparel xx

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