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Last night someone gave Billie Joe Armstrong a big Bi flag to wear onstage.

It looked like the exact same flag I have hanging in my room. He wrapped it around his shoulders, sang a line or two, and then handed it back into the crowd.
Now, at first, I thought it was just a rainbow pride flag. I had seen a few pictures online of Billie wearing those at concerts and I was like “Fuck yeah!!!”
But then he turned just a little and I saw, no, that’s not a rainbow flag…that’s the pink, purple, blue of the Bi flag. The colors of the flag hanging in my room.
And my throat closed up. And my eyes welled up. And y'all, I swear I screamed the loudest scream ever in that moment.
That was me. That was my flag, on stage, in front of thousands of people. With people just like me screaming with just as much joy to see a Bi man on stage wearing a Bi flag.

I didn’t expect to be so emotional but I was. It wasnt a long moment in time. Barely a line or two. But I’ll always remember that moment where Billie wore a Bi flag in the middle of a concert and thousands of people cheered.

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“I never learned to read or write so well, but I can play the guitar until it hurts like hell!” (At The O2)

“Suddenly you’re 21 and screaming along in your car to all the songs you used to listen to when you were sad in middle school and everything is different but everything is good.”

I turned 13 in 2008. The Myspace era was coming to a close and Facebook became the new preferred social media platform. The music I had found in my preteen and early teen years majorly shaped my current music taste at 21 years old. Like for most people, middle school and high school were not easy times. The music that I came across on Myspace and the early YouTube years reflected the real emotions and struggles that I faced. It made me not want to only listen to songs like Gold Digger, Ms. New Booty, Smack That, My Humps, I Kissed a Girl, or whatever else was playing everywhere. I craved music that I could relate to. I needed music with true emotion behind it. 

Anyways, here are the songs that got me through my preteen and early years and shaped who I am today. They’re in no particular order. 

Move Along

All American Rejects, Move Along - 2005

It Ends Tonight

All American Rejects, Move Along - 2005

How to Save a Life

The Fray, How to Save a Life - 2005

Wake Me Up When September Ends

Green Day, American Idiot - 2004

Stay Together for the Kids

blink-182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket - 2001

Adam’s Song 

blink-182, Enema of the State - 1999

Face Down 

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Don’t You Fake it - 2006

Hate Me

Blue October, Foiled - 2006

Welcome To My Life

Simple Plan, Still Not Getting Any - 2004

I’m Just a Kid 

Simple Plan, No Pads, No Helmet…Just Balls - 2002

I’m Not Okay (I Promise) 

My Chemical Romance, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge - 2004

Famous Last Words 

My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade - 2006

The Great Escape

Boys Like Girls, Boys Like Girls - 2006

Therapy

All Time Low, Nothing Personal - 2009

Scars

Papa Roach, Getting Away With Murder - 2004

Papercut 

Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory - 2000

You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds

Mayday Parade, A Lesson in Romantics - 2007

Unwell

Matchbox Twenty, More Than You Think You Are - 2002

In Too Deep 

Sum 41, All Killer, No Filler - 2001

Meant to Live 

Switchfoot, The Best Yet - 2008

On The Brightside

NeverShoutNever!, The Summer EP - 2009 

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