When Andrew Gelwicks was rising up in Cincinnati, he used to take a seat and Google “profitable homosexual folks,” figuring out he was homosexual and, believing it to be a unfavourable, in the hunt for examples to show him fallacious.
A few of these very names now seem in his new e book “The Queer Benefit,” which was launched this week timed to Nationwide Coming Out Day, by which Gelwicks, a celeb stylist and author, interviews large names from all industries about methods by which being queer has been a constructive of their lives.
“The thought began as a result of I believe the primary 20 one thing years of my life, I actually thought that being homosexual can be the most important impediment for me,” Gelwicks says, over Zoom from his mother and father’ home in Ohio, the place he’s spent a part of quarantine. “I’ve at all times been actually centered on having a profession and doing nicely and I at all times needed that, however I at all times thought I might solely have that if I can overcome being homosexual. If I might surpass that. And I began considering and I used to be actually questioning and I used to be like, ‘I believe I’ve all of it fallacious. I believe, in actual fact, this isn’t a weak spot.’”
The 26-year-old, whose superstar purchasers embody Catherine O’Hara and Aidan Alexander, has written for Out, Huffington Publish and Harper’s Bazaar and held stints at GQ and Teen Vogue. He’s at all times needed to steadiness each styling and writing, however had been focusing extra on styling till two and a half years in the past, when he started work on the e book.
“The objective was to attempt to change the narrative as a result of every time we discuss being queer, it’s at all times speaking concerning the struggles and the hardships. And one hundred pc, that’s a part of life. That’s actuality. Now we have to take care of sure issues, however what about all of the wonderful issues?” Gelwicks says. “All the good, superior, lovely, highly effective issues that being queer permits you and offers you?”
The immediate struck a chord with most of the topics he approached.
“A whole lot of the folks I spoke with would say, ‘Andrew, I’m actually completed speaking about being homosexual. I’ve completed interviews on it. I’m simply attempting to stay my life now, however I’ve by no means had the chance to speak concerning the positives of it. In order that’s why I’m doing this interview,’” Gelwicks says.
Gelwicks credit his sexuality with being a motivator in his skilled life, saying being homosexual made him that rather more decided to show himself.
“It was an enormous accelerator of my ambition. I believe particularly in trend and extra particularly superstar styling, you’re coping with folks’s feelings and their personalities and actually attempting to make folks really feel essentially the most comfy. And as a queer particular person, I’ve been educated to try this since kindergarten,” Gelwicks says. “I’ve been educated to enter a room and assess the scenario and determine make different folks really feel extra comfy with me.”
He highlights a second from his interview with musician Troye Sivan, the place Sivan advised him that he feels queer folks spend “a lot extra time of their heads,” questioning why they really feel sure methods.
“I completely resonate with that,” Gelwicks says. “And that’s helped me in writing and considering issues via and having the ability to sort of course of my feelings or a scenario. It’s additionally actually helped with my creativity as a result of I spent a lot of my time in my head. These are a number of of my queer benefits.”
Gelwicks says residing authentically has been a piece in progress for him, however he’s hopeful his e book will present some inspiration to anybody who’s struggling to embrace their voice, particularly within the present information local weather.
“I believe it’s an attention-grabbing time as a result of it’s popping out proper after Nationwide Coming Out Day and proper earlier than the election. I would like the main target once more to be on the positives and the way we use our identification as a launchpad and as our rocket gas and as our superpower,” he says. “So particularly once you’re trying on the election and the way indescribably vital this one is, for those who’re ready to make use of your full identification and take a look at your self and take into consideration what you need, what you want, the positives that come from that may propel you to actually exit and alter and vote and speak to your folks and simply not be stagnant.”
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