Alex Eller is an anthropology major and religious studies minor at the University of North Texas. They are the president of the Native American Student Association on campus and a senior.
Since a young age, they knew that they were somewhat different from their peers, not understanding the idea of “being a girl” or “being a boy”. They acted on their whims, childishly not understanding sexuality or the ‘proper’ ways to act or feel. As they matured, they fell in with friends who were gay and lesbian, giving them their first exposure to the LGBT community. It was then that they began to explore their identity.
Over the course of several years they came to realize that they had several identities that didn’t always mesh well together: nonbinary, bisexual, indigenous, Christian. Despite the fact that these identities seemed nonsensical or even incompatible to others, they took ownership of them and became deeply entrenched in activist and LGBT circles.
Alex fostered their self-esteem through this support system and began to take an active leadership role, finding themself passionate about those whose identities also intersected in unusual or ‘contradictory’ ways. They sought to bridge the gap between these identities and help others like themself foster pride and confidence in having a complex, multifaceted identity. They proudly advocate for the LGBT community and all the complex intersections that may exist within it.