Share Your Pride in the “Dear Younger Queer Self” Volonte Contest!

While LELO usually encourages people to #ComeTogether physically, this June we want to celebrate Pride by Coming Together as a community to share from our past experiences. Coming out to yourself and your inner circles is never easy, but it is an incredibly important feat to freedom.

dear younger queer self contest

It’s simple. We created the “Dear Younger Queer Self” contest so that you can share your knowledge with other young queers about the things you wish you had known as a younger you. The topics can range from self-pride, to coming out, to whatever you found important during your journey! The top 3 submissions will receive LELO toys!

Here are the rules:

  1. Write a short letter to your younger self with advice you’ve learned over the years. Stories must be a minimum of 400 words and a maximum of 800 words. Submissions above the word maximum will be excluded by default.
  2. Submit your “Dear Younger Queer Self” letters to with the subject line: “Dear Younger Queer Self” Contest. Stories can be submitted directly in the email or as Word or PDF attachments.
  3. By submitting your story, you are agreeing to be added to our Volonte mailing list so that we are able to announce the winners through a newsletter. The winners will also be directly contacted to claim their LELO prizes and work out the details. You have up until June 30 to submit your letters.

We look forward to showcasing your work, and more importantly, sharing your knowledge to others in the LGBTQ+ community. Continue being Proud of who you are, because we’re Proud, too!

Written by: Donna Turner

Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelancer who lives in San Francisco with her understanding husband and not-so-understanding teenage sons. Her work has been published in The Journal of Sexology and she is currently writing a book on love languages.


  1. 3 things I learnt about my younger queer self is:
    1- I learnt lying to my self hurt me and no one else before coming about and accepting my self.

    2- accept yourself and everyone else will accept you for you!

    3- I mostly learnt LOVE IS LOVE ❤️ WE ALL HUMAN

  2. Love is love we need less hate

  3. 1: Most importantly, I learned that it is a constant journey. To not just like who I am, but be who I am. To not care if this will make me look gay. But to just do what makes me comfortable.

    2: Women are gorgeous. And admirable, funny, confident… And I cannot not love them.

    3: Being queer is what I want to be.

  4. Intuition has nothing to do with intellect (school), intuition is mostly developed at young age discovering your body and finding what turns you on in your mind so your erotic library starts being written by your own masturbation experiences. It is of utmost importance to leave your imagination to fly free so you can find what really hits the spot on you if men, women or both. When you really know yourself then hammer every wall that might come in between you and your happiness and make it collapse no matter how long it takes. Sailing might be tough sometimes but you are never ever get lost in the middle of nowhere.

  5. Be true to thy self always!

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