As a brown, non-binary, queer creative, Kansh underlines the importance of creating safe spaces for individuals – in particular those who hail from minority communities – to have their voices acknowledged, heard, and amplified.

share with us a little about yourself.

My name is Kansh and I'm a creative.

how do you identify? what are your pronouns?

I’m a brown, non-binary, queer person, and I go by they/them pronouns.

what are some stereotypes of the LGBTQIA+ community that you have come across?

I think that people should ask for people’s pronouns because there are people who feel more comfortable with some pronouns [and not others]. We should always make sure they are comfortable.

what's the right way to ask for someone's pronouns?

For me, I feel it’s okay to just ask [for someone’s pronouns]. But if you are unsure they are okay with telling you their pronouns, you can try to introduce yourself with your pronouns, and maybe that will prompt them to share their pronouns as well and feel safe [doing so].

...they have their own stories to tell, not only queer people who are more palatable to the audience."

what do you love most about yourself?

I’m a very curious person and I’m very passionate. That’s something that drives me most of the time.

tell us about your first crush.

The first memory I have was when I was four. She just put her hand on my hand and I was like, "Oh, what’s this feeling? This is weird. I shouldn’t be feeling this way." I think I always knew I was queer but I didn’t really know how to accept it.

what do you wish to see in Singapore's LGBTQIA+ community in the next 10 years?

I think we can always strive to have even more diversity and inclusion. I know [these are] buzzword[s] now, but I think we can really dive deeper into actually reaching out to people who are disabled, who are black, who are brown, who are dark-skinned, who are plus-sized – they have their own stories to tell, not only queer people who are more palatable to the audience; [to] really seek out people who are unheard.

Photography Darren Gabriel Leow

Photography Assistant Eric Tan

Styling Daryll Alexius Yeo

Hair & Makeup Hongling & Benedict Choo

Featuring Kansh

Special Thanks Bessie Ye, Amelie Lim, Ariel Wang

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