As publisher of The Rainbow Times, New England’s largest LGBTQ newspaper, Graysen M. Ocasio is fully connected with his region’s LGBTQ community, and it is that reason he feels blessed to call Massachusetts, particularly his city of Salem, home. As a Latinx transgender male, Ocasio feels it is important to be visible because of the impact that his story and others could have on those who may be concerned about coming out and living their true identity; his goal with the paper is to educate and inform above all else.
“What we produce at The Rainbow Times is the opportunity to educate others about what our community is about,” he said. “My life could be seen by a young person who may be coming to terms with who they are, or who feels invisible, helpless, or isolated due to a lack of support of their authentic selves. By being visible, I could be impacting or saving one of those lives. If a youth can identify with me, particularly a Latinx or trans youth, and can see I am able to live a ‘fulfilling’ life, then I have done my job.”