Damien Turner has been part of the adult baby diaper lover (ABDL) community for the last 10 years, meaning he wears nappies all day.
But the 28-year-old, from West Virginia, says, his lifestyle has caused problems in his professional life.
Damien has been fired from previous jobs for ‘being childish’ and he’s now unemployed.
Outside work, Damien is often teased about his choices and says he has lost friends.
But he says that others within the ABDL community have welcomed him and helped him feel at home.
He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Diapers are very convenient, comfortable, and cute. It’s a very nice lifestyle and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
‘Dressing and acting like a baby gives off a very calm, relaxing, safe vibe. It’s almost as if you were back in preschool without a worry in the world.
‘Employment is hard. I’m constantly in and out of jobs. Sometimes my employers find my pictures online or just can’t put up with the fact I’m wearing a diaper and acting childish in the workplace.’
Damien used to work as a service coordinator in the catering industry and he never shied away from his lifestyle.
He’s always been open on social media and says that this, alongside the way he acted, made bosses uncomfortable.
Since being fired, Damien lives off the savings he has built up.
He says: ‘I have enough saved up for a while but at the moment I’m currently putting in job applications. So we’ll see how that goes.’
Damien first realised his desire to wear nappies when he was young but fully embraced the lifestyle in his teenage years.
He says: ‘It’s something I’ve always been into since I was a kid. If I really had to pin it to something I’d say episodes of Spongebob or Tom and Jerry where they are wearing a diaper for a gag or throwaway joke.
‘I found it very appealing and have pretty much been wearing them since I was 16.
‘I lied and told my parents I had a [incontinence] problem at the time so they would buy me some. Eventually, I told them the truth.
‘My parents don’t really mind at all. I’ve never had a problem with them when it came to my lifestyle.’
But outside his family, others haven’t been so understanding about his choices.
He says: ‘I’ve lost a few childhood best friends. I do still have a few good friends that all know about it. I never hide it – if you are around me it’s just the norm.’
Damien also has to deal with cyberbullying and stares on the streets.
‘A lot of people online thinks it’s hilarious and make fun if me for it,’ he says.
‘They’ll make memes of me and put those on Reddit. Sometimes people will make videos talking about me.
‘It’s kind of embarrassing but it doesn’t really bother me.
‘On the streets, everyone gives me weird looks. I always wear a diaper everywhere I go and sometimes I’ll only wear a onesie or just a shirt. Some times people take pictures or just walk the other way.’
But Damien can always rely on the ABDL family to have his back.
He adds: ‘A lot of people in the diaper community actually reached out and I am now friends with a lot of them.’
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