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barua: #PrideMonth: Indian-origin entrepreneur Nikki Barua shares her heartwarming story of acceptance, says visibility matters

June is celebrated each year as Pride Month across the world. Pride Month is celebrated to honour the members of the LGBTQAI+ communities. It is also the time when people across languages and cultures show their support to the people. Each year, Pride Month is marked by stories of acceptance and inclusion especially anecdotes shared by several prominent personalities.

Indian-origin entrepreneur, Nikki Barua took to LinkedIn to share a significant moment from her life. The entrepreneur wrote a lengthy post reflecting on her life journey, especially stepping out into the light after hiding in the shadows for a long time. “As we celebrate Pride month, I’ve been reflecting on my journey from hiding in the shadows to stepping into the light,” she began her post.

The founder and CEO of Beyond Barriers, opened up about her past when she felt isolated and ashamed because she didn’t fit in. She said that coming to America showed her what the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness meant.


The CEO said that she gained the confidence to be out and proud gradually and that she was immensely grateful to her friends and family. However, she was terrified of being rejected by her family.

“Growing up in a traditional Indian community, I felt isolated and ashamed because I didn’t fit in. Coming to America showed me what the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness means. Bit by bit, I gained the confidence to be out and proud. I felt grateful to have supportive friends, but I was terrified of being rejected by my family,” wrote Barua.

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Barua said that when she found the courage to open up to her parents, her mother, despite her traditional views, was supportive. She said that her father was proud of her and hugged her and eventually they became advocates of LGBTQ equality.

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Nikki Barua married Monica Marquez in 2019.

“When I finally had the courage to tell them, my mom was supportive, despite her traditional views. My father hugged me and said, “I am so happy that you are finally out of the cupboard”! Now, a decade later, they are proud parents and advocates for LGBTQ equality. They have also learned to say ‘out of the closet’,” wrote the author of ‘Beyond Barriers: How to Unlock Your Limitless Potential’.

Barua said that although we have made progress as a society, there is still a long way to go. She highlighted the plight of millions around the world who are still struggling to find acceptance. According to Barua, this is why visibility matters. She said that one cannot change hearts and minds if members of the LGBTQ community are invisible.

“As a society, we’ve made progress, but there’s still a long way to go. There are so many people around the world struggling for acceptance. That’s why visibility matters. Visibility helps others see themselves in you. You cannot change hearts and minds if you are invisible,” concluded Barua.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/pridemonth-indian-origin-entrepreneur-nikki-barua-shares-her-heartwarming-story-of-acceptance-says-visibility-matters/articleshow/91990709.cms