Aseeyah Shahid: How a Gen Z-er is breaking into the startup ecosystem

“I knew I was gay when I was 13 but didn’t come out officially until 2019. As a Black, Muslim, lesbian woman, it’s certainly been a forever journey. Ever since I was younger, I was told that I couldn’t be gay and that the world was ending because gay people were coming out. As I was discovering myself, I realized I had to unlearn my own homophobia if I ever wanted to be happy.”

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