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LGBTQ Folks Use #2009vs2019 Meme to Celebrate Queer Self-Acceptance

LGBTQ Folks Use '2009 v. 2019' Meme to Celebrate Queer Self-Acceptance

It's not just about age. The #10yearchallenge allows some to show how they've grown in embracing queer and trans identities.

The #2009vs2019 challenge -- also known as the #10yearchallenge -- has recently taken over social media.

The viral meme consists of users posting pictures from 2009 and 2019 (or for some, the timeline goes back much further), in order to reveal how they've changed over the years.

While the challenge had its early origins on Facebook as a question of "How hard did aging really hit you?, many are using it as an opportunity to highlight the positive changes of the past decade(s).

In fact, LGBTQ people on Twitter are seizing the viral event as an opportunity to reveal what living in their truest skin really looks like. While recent policies and actions by the current U.S. administration have caused some to look back with longing eyes, it's important to make note of the positive changes the past decade has given many queer folks to live more freely.

These social media users' posts are bursting with pride and signal that the best kind of "glow up" is accepting and being able to reflect your true self.

Check out a selection of the posts below:

Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Fellow Travelers & Jamie Lee Curtis

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Alexander Modiano