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Rainbow Heart #5 | The Guy in Heels

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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