For most of my life, I was unable to admit to even myself that I am gay. I suppressed and simply refused to acknowledge that side of myself for years. I knew, but I didn’t want to face it. I didn't want my private life to become the most well-known aspect of my life.
I channeled my feelings of frustration, fear, anger, and hopelessness into drawing, and the Quiet Deviants brand was born. When I began to create designs that I felt inspired by, I decided to figure out how to broadcast them so they could help other humans be proud while staying true to their reserved personality. Clothing seemed like a great way to do so, and I got to work. I still struggle with telling my story, and accepting myself, but I am in a better place today than I was.
I want the same for others, and I want to give a voice to the quieter side of the LGBTQ community, those who don’t necessarily want to be a spokesperson. I want to inspire others to embrace their whole self and give a platform to LGBTQ artists, graphic designers, dancers, singers, and entrepreneurs. My hope is that Quiet Deviants evolves in to an undeniable, enriching, spirited side of the LGBTQ community.
Perry Wallinger, Founder/CEO