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First Person: My Coming Out Journey

Lucia Napolez in an undated photo.

Credit: Lucia Napolez

Above: Lucia Napolez in an undated photo.

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Lucia Napolez’s coming out story began in middle school. Growing up in a small town in Arizona, Napolez said she experienced bullying.

Today, Napolez identifies as non-binary or genderqueer. Still, Napolez uses gendered and gender-neutral pronouns responding to both "she" and "they."

Napolez said there needs to be broader conversations within the LBGTQ+ community about the issues affecting nonbinary and genderqueer individuals.

“Those conversations are definitely becoming more upfront in the movement but those conversations are championed by the youth more because gender and sex are more fluid concepts now for this new generation compared to older generations when everything was more binary. Now, the younger generations are coming in more open-minded more open to having broader discussions and that’s the shift I see happening,” Napolez said.

Napolez will be one of the dozens marching in the 44th annual San Diego Pride Parade on Saturday. As part of our First Person series, Napolez reflects on her coming out journey.


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