Search for Self-Liberation

Student discusses passions that help develop his personality

For sophomore Benjamin Quinn, coming out to his parents was a step toward self-liberation. While his family was very accepting, he still faces struggles today living in a predominately conservative state. However, his hobbies and dreams help him flourish.

Not only does Quinn use his swimming abilities to release inner anxieties and stress, but the swim team is also his ticket to college. He dreams of getting out of his small town and moving into the more urban—Seattle. Here, Quinn will follow his aspirations of being involved with the fashion world.

Fashion is Quinn’s mode of self-expression. Although he does not dress like the other boys at his school in Richmond, the difference of personal styles does not bother him, as this is one way he
transforms into the person he really is on the inside …
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