Panama City, Florida (1994)
During my teenage years, I wasn’t popular. I didn’t have a supportive family and I didn’t have many friends. And growing up with the hidden identity of being an LGBT kid was rough, especially once I tried to start dating.
As I was rejected by everyone around me, I quickly got attached to guys who showed me any kind of attention. Yet I felt alone in the world, as if no one understood what it was I was going through.
After a little bit of growing up, I finally met a guy who was different. He was so sweet, caring, and genuine.
I didn’t know what to expect, especially being so used to heartbreak and pain. But he changed that within me. He taught me how to love and be loved.
He showed me what it was like to be free in my body. And then he PROPOSED! We have been happily married 3 years now.
My advice for any other LGBT kids who were/are in my kind of situation, I just need you to know things will get better! Life can be very tough and strange, but there’s happiness waiting for you.
Keep your beautiful heads up, hang on to your strength and show the world who and what you are: FREE!
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