barua: #PrideMonth: Indian-born entrepreneur Nikki Barua shares her heartwarming story of acceptance, says visibility matters

June is celebrated every year as Pride Month across the world. Pride month is celebrated to honor members of the LGBTQAI+ communities. It is also the time when people of all languages ​​and cultures show their support for the people. Each year, Pride Month is marked by stories of acceptance and inclusion, especially anecdotes shared by several prominent personalities.

Indian-born entrepreneur Nikki Barua took to LinkedIn to share an important moment in her life. The entrepreneur wrote a long post about his life journey, especially stepping into the light after hiding in the shadows for a long time. “As we celebrate Pride Month, I have reflected on my journey from hiding in the shadows to stepping into the light,” she began her post.

The founder and CEO of Beyond Barriers opened up about her past when she felt isolated and ashamed because she didn’t fit in. She said coming to America showed her what it meant to pursue life, freedom and happiness.

The CEO said she gradually gained the confidence to be proud and proud and was extremely grateful to her friends and family. However, she was terrified of being rejected by her family.

“Growing up in a traditional Indian community, I felt isolated and ashamed of not fitting in. Coming to America showed me what it means to pursue life, freedom and happiness. Gradually, I gained the confidence to be proud and proud. I felt grateful to have friends who supported me, but I was terrified of being rejected by my family,” Barua wrote.

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Barua said that when she found the courage to open up to her parents, her mother, despite her traditional views, supported her. She said her dad was proud of her and embraced her and they eventually became advocates for LGBTQ equality.

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Nikki Barua married Monica Marquez in 2019.

“When I finally had the courage to tell them, my mum was supportive, despite her traditional views. My dad hugged me and said, ‘I’m so glad you’re finally out. out of the closet!” Now, a decade later, they’re proud parents and advocates for LGBTQ equality. They’ve also learned to say “come out of the closet,” the “Beyond Barriers” author wrote: How to Unlock Your Limitless Potential”.

Barua said that although we have made progress as a society, there is still a long way to go. She highlighted the plight of millions around the world who are still struggling to be accepted. According to Barua, this is why visibility is important. She said you can’t change hearts and minds if members of the LGBTQ community are invisible.

“As a society, we have made progress, but there is still a long way to go. There are so many people in the world struggling to be accepted. This is why visibility is important. Visibility helps others see themselves in you. You cannot change hearts and minds if you are invisible,” Barua concluded.

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