Yajaira "Jay" Chaires

Yajaira "Jay" Chaires
From author(s): "Growing up in Mexico, feeling like an outcast, was one of the hardest things in my life. As I got older, I realized I was different- I liked girls, but I was terrified to admit it and I became homophobic. Years later my mom and I moved to America. This was difficult because I left everything I knew behind. It was also the best thing that could ever happen to me. Being surrounded by friends from many backgrounds and diverse cultures gave me the strength to come out at the age of 16, even though I feared rejection. At first my family thought it was “a phase”, but they have come to realize being gay is not just a part of me, it is who I am. Una de las cosas más difíciles en mi vida fue crecer en México sintiéndome una marginada. A medida que fui creciendo, me di cuenta de que era diferente- me gustaban las mujeres, pero estaba aterrada de admitirlo y me hice homofóbica. Años después, mi mamá y yo nos mudamos a Estados Unidos. Esto fue difícil porque dejé atrás todo lo que conocía. También fue lo mejor que me pudo pasar, estar rodeada de amigos de varios orígenes y diversas culturas me dio la fuerza para salir del closet a la edad de 16 años, a pesar de tener miedo al rechazo. Al principio mi familia pensó que era “una fase”, pero se han entendido que ser gay no es sólo una parte de mí, es quien soy." Jay is a junior majoring in biology.
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