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Pride Month: Local speaks out on coming out as bisexual

Gigg said her family and friends have been supportive of her sexuality.

Chesney Ann Gigg (25) from Sunward Park, a proud member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) community, believes people should be allowed to be themselves.

Gigg is a qualified beautician and entrepreneur who sells jewellery, including pride jewellery. She makes most of the items herself.

The Boksburg Advertiser spoke to Gigg, who is bisexual (interested in men and women) in light of Pride Month which is celebrated in June.

Pride Month is annually commemorated to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots and the efforts made to address issues faced by the LGBTIQ+ community.
Chestney said Pride Month is an opportunity for the community to come together as one.

“There are a lot of people supporting Pride Month. The world is changing when it comes to the LGBTIQ+ community, and it’s beautiful to me. I love interacting with other people from the community. You can always learn from their stories,” she said.

Gigg explained that she came out as bisexual three years ago after she caught feelings for a woman.
“I always knew I was different, and now I know why. I even held my 20th birthday party at a gay club while I had a boyfriend,” she said.

Gigg said her family and friends have been supportive of her sexuality.

“I grew up in a house where I was taught that everyone is equal, so I didn’t receive any judgement.

“There have just a few men who commented on my social media account that they will ‘make me straight’ and some religions don’t approve of the LGBTQI+ community. In general, I don’t allow judgemental people in my life. I don’t like people who bring others down,” she said.

Her advice to other people who want to come out of the closet: “Do it on your own terms. If someone judges you, it’s about what they are going through. It has got nothing to do with you. If that’s who you are, love yourself for it. Self-love is the best thing you can do. The only person who is going to make you happy is yourself,” said Gigg.

When asked what she believes must still change for the LGBTIQ+ community, she responded that people should be understanding towards others.
“This is especially towards people who have been abused for being themselves. Let people be who they want to be. Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

She would also like to see more people supporting the LGBTIQ+.
“Just join a Pride march or wear a t-shirt and have fun with us.”

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