The Rainbow Heart campaign was created with a firm belief in the power of telling our stories: stories of acceptance of our queer identity – by ourselves or by others. The first edition of this compilation has eight heartwarming stories: ‘The Guy in Heels’, by Abhishek Subhash, is the fifth story in this series.
I stood tall. I felt taller.
My heart quivering, my knees shaking;
I walked the walk.
There were eyes.
But I could only admire myself.
What was so spectacular anyway?
Was it the courage to do what I had always wanted to?
Or was it the new found freedom I had stepped into?
The anxiety of the unknown was somehow more comforting.
After all, I could hear my soul singing.
I had listened.
For the first time.
The pain notwithstanding, I danced.
The fear of falling was becoming smaller.
This was a trip.
More hedonistic than a rave.
I am guessing I’m going to be addicted.
Do I warn myself?
About those eyes?
I could. I would.
But my eyes are seeing something beautiful.
And I am really liking what I am seeing,
This guy in heels.
The above is an acceptance of me coming into my own being. A pair of heels helped me realise my true self.
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I want to be free, but patriarchy and capitalism tether me!
Pride with OFC, 2022
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