Parish James

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In the world of self-expression and authenticity, Parish from Chicago, Illinois, stands as a beacon of light, unapologetically embracing every facet of his identity. As a leading model in the 2(X)IST Spotlight campaign, Parish brings a refreshing perspective on taking the spotlight and living authentically.

The Pride of Confidence: A Q&A with Parish

Q: What does Pride mean to you?
Parish: Pride isn’t just a word; it's a journey. It's about embracing every part of yourself, even the parts society may not always understand. For me, Pride is a celebration of the confidence, love, and appreciation I have for the person I've become despite the challenges I've faced.
Q: When did you first hear about 2(X)IST?
Parish: Funny enough, I had an ex-boyfriend who was a huge fan of 2(X)IST. I may or may not have kept a couple of his shirts as souvenirs.
Q: Why did you choose to be a part of this 2(X)IST campaign?
Parish: I've recently embarked on a journey of self-discovery through my art and photography. Being a part of this campaign allows me to showcase more of myself and my identity. My pride in my orientation is a significant part of who I am, so being able to express that authentically was a no-brainer.
Q: First time taking the spotlight? How did you embrace it?
Parish: About a year and a half ago, I made the bold decision to leave behind my corporate job and pursue my passion for design and art. It was a moment of liberation, shedding the weight of societal expectations and embracing my true calling. While I'm sure I've taken the spotlight before, that was the first time I truly felt it shining on me, and I embraced it wholeheartedly.

Parish’s journey is a testament to the power of authenticity and self-expression. His willingness to embrace his true self, despite societal pressures, serves as an inspiration to us all. As we celebrate Pride Month with the 2(X)IST Spotlight campaign, Parish reminds us to shine bright, live authentically, and embrace every aspect of who we are with pride.

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