Use a label if it empowers you, but that's not the only way to be LGBT+

I grew up in Germany, in a Catholic family. To give you an impression on how religious my family is, my dad studied to become a priest, but later decided against that and have a family. We would go to church every Sunday and would pray daily. My first memory of hearing about the LGBT community was through a homophobic remark from my dad when we accidentally came across a pride event. In primary school, “gay” was used as a slur, even though most of us children did not even know what that actually meant.

Already in primary school I felt like I didn’t fi