This tweet about growing up queer has gone viral for all the right reasons

Alexander Leon (Twitter)

An LGBTQ activist’s tweets about reconciling with queer identity have struck a serious chord.

Alexander Leon works at the LGBTQ rights organization Kaleidoscope Trust, and his January 7 message about growing up queer has been shared over 50K times.

“Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves,” Leon writes. “We grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice. The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves are truly us & which parts we’ve created to protect us.”

The post was also shared as a screenshot by many LGBTQ Instagrammers, who perhaps didn’t know that Leon continued his insightful reflection in two follow-up tweets:

After the message went viral, Leon, who lives in Australia, used the unexpected spotlight to bring attention to the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis: