04/03/2014 08:47 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

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For her whole life, Jaime-Jin Lewis has felt like an "other." She explains why:

[F]rom being an Asian American, being female, being a transracial adoptee, being a Southerner who was growing up in a religious household -- all these things have contributed to, but also made it a little bit trickier, I feel, to arrive at who I feel like I am.

Also considering the fact that she's dated men, women, and people who are gender-nonconforming, she feels most comfortable identifying as "queer." After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support. Jaime-Jin concludes by talking about the importance of queerness:

I think queerness is especially important because it does break all of those boundaries and molds. In doing so it also creates a pathway for another way of being. Let's not pretend that the difference doesn't exist or that we'd be better if we were all the same. It's something I've come to really love about myself.


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