DSG Identity


No matter how clichéd it sounds, we are all different.

Even though this statement is tried and tested, there are moments in our lives where we can feel like we are so different that we quieten or postpone a need to vocalise our truths. In late adolescence, we begin to form a real understanding of who we are. For individuals that identify as DSG it is important to be able to have support in order to allow them to claim who they are and feel a sense of social inclusion ...

(Not sure what DSG means? http://www.startout.org.au/why_dsg)

There is the person who will turn to you in moments of doubt and say, “It’s okay.” Even now, as I write this it feels good to remember the small number of people who I use as a support network; they will still, to this day, turn to me and say, “It’s okay.” As humans who know how important this sentiment is, we can now pay it forward and encourage a community of inclusivity and support for those who need to hear these words. They especially need to hear these words as they formulate and create their own identity and discover a network of other ‘DSG-ers’ (perhaps, this could even be a new alt-indie band?)

I’ve heard the happiness behind people who can say, “Somebody else gets me.” We can create a symphony of these voices and a place for those who are creating an identity to feel included; ask questions and overall support them as they start out.

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