We are well into Pride Month and we aren’t stopping just yet.

This week, we’re featuring another member of our Circle to honour the resilience, diversity and strength of the LGBTQIA+ community! 🏳️‍🌈 We want to continue sharing stories of courage and authenticity in hopes of inspiring and empowering others to embrace their truest selves.

While most today are able to live as they are, freedom and acceptance from society still remain elusive for many in the LGBTQIA+ community. Patterns and systems of oppression and discrimination that stem from generations of ignorance and intolerance have long oppressed the LGBTQIA+ community, stripping them of the rights they deserve.

We believe that every individual deserves the freedom to be their truest selves – to live freely and openly express who they are regardless of their ideologies, traditions, culture or environment. And we want to use our platform to advocate for a more inclusive world for all.

This week we connected with Izzy Sim (@izzy.inkz) to talk about what Pride means to them and how they have grown to embrace their truest self.

Izzy (she/her) is currently a tattoo artist located on the Isle of Man. For Izzy, being able to own her style with confidence has been deeply important to her. She sees her outward expression as a reflection of her vibrant personality. While she understands how others may not always appreciate the way she presents herself, Izzy hopes that by proudly owning who she is, she’ll be able to encourage others to do the same! Here’s more from Izzy herself:

Q: How are you feeling about this upcoming Pride Month? What does Pride Month mean for you? 

I love pride month. I love that we can all share this month to teach each other to love themselves no matter their sexuality, gender, race, etc! It’s so important that we support each other in self-acceptance and having pride month allows us to do that as a collective community. 🏳️‍🌈

Q: Describe a story or situation where you felt most authentically yourself for the first time.

For me, I know it’s a strange one, but once I started getting more tattoos, I started to finally accept myself for me. It’s weird that modifying myself made my confidence grow but I’m so glad that I made the decision to do so! I look in the mirror and it’s almost like my tattoos should have been there from the start and I couldn’t picture myself without them now 🥰

Q: Can you share a bit about your journey to finding self-love? How have you grown from five years ago to today? 

I really struggled with my self-acceptance for a long time, especially as a teenager. I’ve been through so many identities from super goth to hippie to gym girl and was constantly trying to find a way to label myself so I could fit in with a group. Now I’m in a happy medium where I can be myself and I’m surrounded by people that will accept me no matter what I choose to do 💕

Q: How do you think wearing jewellery helps someone in expressing themselves and their identity?

Jewelry is the best way to express your identity. I personally think that jewellery makes the outfit come to life. If I’m feeling a bit more feminine one day I might opt for a more dainty piece but most of the time I love to show my appreciation for the alternative style and wear chunkier, more noticeable pieces that blur the lines between masculine and feminine styles. The combination of both helps me express who I am ✨

Q: Is there a specific piece of jewellery when you were young that impacted your style or identity?

When I was younger, the jewellery I wore was almost like a conversation starter or a friend finder 😂. I would always wear those band logo, rubber bracelets and doing that helped me find other people that appreciated the same music and had the morals as I did at the time. 

Q: Is there any other message you’d like to share?

My final piece of advice is - if you’re not hurting anyone, or anything, then keep being who you want to be and encourage others to do the same. You’ll find people that will love you because of you 💕

 It is also important to us to help lead the fight for a safer and more inclusive world which is why for the month of June, we will be donating a portion of all sales to the Trevor Project. With our donation, we hope to contribute to The Trevor Project’s work through advocacy, research, public education and provision of support services to help LGBTQIA+ youth navigate topics like mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe space.

Learn more about The Trevor Project here or check out last week’s catch-up with @toshirogohma here.

Thank you for celebrating this Pride Month with us! 🏳️‍🌈