Jelena Interview

Introduce Yourself: Jelena

Thoughts On People In The World?: Sometimes, I read the news and I am filled with an awful sadness at the things happening I can’t change. Then, I see the counter movements people create. I love how resilient we can be, I especially love that my generation is standing up. After years of be being pushed down and silenced by adults, we are raising our voices and fighting against injustice.

What are your inspirations & goals?: I’m incredibly inspired by David Bowie. My goal is to be as comfortable with myself as possible, and then to pursue art and filmmaking.

How would you impact the world?: I want to make a difference in the LGBTQ+ community. We have been throughout so much and don’t have the rights we deserve.

Struggles In Life? : I had a very difficult home life and don’t speak to my dad at all, I don’t talk to my mother much. My nana raised me and took on my depression and anxiety.

How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : Honestly? There are a lot of changes I would make, but I am trying to love myself so I will say — Nothing.

What does love mean to you?: Love means support and friendship. Someone who chooses to love you even when it’s hard.

Jeremy Manning


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