Know Your AIQA – Aditi

Hi! I’m Aditi, a 21-year-old awkward law student. I identify as bisexual and non-binary and my preferred pronouns are she/her or they/them.

Back when I was 14, I didn’t know I could be anything except straight or lesbian. I knew I liked boys but then I got into a relationship with a girl which majorly messed with my sense of identity. A year or two later I read the term bisexual somewhere on the internet & it just made so much sense. It’s sad that I felt the need to be validated by the internet because if I like both boys and girls then it is a valid sexuality that exists. I shouldn’t have needed a label for it, but I did.

Now I’m 21 and while I think bisexual isn’t exactly what I am, I still use it as a label because it makes me feel comfortable. I recently also realized I’m not a cis woman which has caused a lot of gender dysphoria. So now I alternate between using non-binary and gender fluid labels. It has taught me that even after years of being a member and supporter of the community, it’s easier to support someone else’s gender identity than accept my own. I’m working through it though!

I chose to be a part of AIQA, so I can help the community in any way possible. I don’t want kids to go through what I went through, what I’m still going through. I don’t want anybody to ever feel ashamed or scared of their own identity. I know that this is a very ideal version of the world that I have in my head and it will take a long time for us to get there but we have to make the change, and every small effort helps.