Pride Month may be over, but the battle for acceptance (and not just tolerance) never ends.
It’s time to stop perpetuating the idea that being feminine somehow equals weakness. That clothing and makeup is gendered, and that showing any sign of sensitivity is an inadequate representation of masculinity.
So let boys be feminine. Let boys wear their hearts on their sleeve, get glossed and made up in smudged rouge and flouncy dresses. None of these things make them any less of a person. The strongest people I know are the ones who brave the streets of Manila amidst all the hate—full confidence in a full face and 4-inch heels no less. It’s about owning who you are and accepting your truth.