When Jackson Wai Chung Tse (he/she/they) came out of the closet seven years ago, his whole world collapsed. The traditional values and religion he had grown up with for over 20 years, no longer felt safe. He had to leave the community and sank into a deep depression.
However, he found peace by engaging with the outdoors.
Jackson says, “What I love about going outdoors is that when I’m alone, I feel all at once incredibly insignificant, but also completely connected to everything around me. Being in nature makes me ask and answer life’s big questions. Why are we here? What do we do with the time we have left? Does life have to be this difficult, or can it be really simple, like the life of this little water strider on the surface of this lake?”
Jackson thinks the answer to life’s big questions is love. In a world where those on the margins are historically and systemically oppressed, Jackson wants to remind his communities that they can find solace in nature, that they can claim space, and that stars have died so that they may live.
“My intention is to reconnect queer people of colour with a spiritual connection to the land. In mainstream dominated spaces, I want to build community, give voices to the silenced, and reclaim our joy, magic, and self-worth back from colonized ideas.”