I was born and raised in one of the most conservative states in the US, and still go to school here. My coming out was drawn out over many years as I tried to understand who I was. When I got to University I found a larger and more vocal community in my school, but it’s still so small compared to other places. Media was my only escape, and Lexa stirred up something in me that I never knew I had. . . A pride in who I am, and a new sense of belonging. When she was taken from me I felt like I had lost someone I’d known my whole life, and as far as I’m concerned that’s what happened. I never knew about the Trope until this, but now I am trying so hard to play my part in this fight. This turmoil and aftermath has brought me closer to so many people, and I am so happy that I could be a part of this. I will keep fighting for a better world for all those who come after me. I will keep fighting for what I believe in, and not let other people’s opinions dictate my actions.