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.
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. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜"
"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 💛 ✨"