Why Being Someone Else Helped Me Be Myself

Growing up, I was told that roleplaying was a loser thing to do. That the only people that roleplayed were 40 year old wack jobs who lived with their parents in the attic and never had a relationship with a real person. My parents were both popular in school with no knowledge of what roleplaying or cosplaying was actually like, as were the rest of my family members.

I was also told that I had to suppress many key parts of my personality because men would find them undesirable and I would never make friends like that. So once I left high school and began my…