There are times in your life when even just a single moment can offer a different perspective on your world, often times looking back at other moments and realizing over time that these moments are all connected together. Our community has often celebrated a strong history of inclusion and welcomed people with open arms. Often times reaching out to someone who has face emotional trauma and completely left to their own, feeling rejected and disownment as those they felt closest to can’t accept that one may not be held to the often high and unrealistic standards that have been set for them from birth.
"Sometimes it all still feels like a mass of dots. But more and more these days, I feel like we're all connected. And it's beautiful... and funny... and good."
Having grown up never truly feeling accepted, I have always been constantly reminded and chastised that my thoughts, feelings and opinions weren’t “in-line“ with the standards and expectations set by those who I often looked up to. Even trying to fit was a struggle, every kid wants to be apart of the whole, those who are different are criticized and judged. In a sense, never having that feeling of truly being accepted, before I even knew I was gay is what made coming out to my family a small deal. I had to learn to accept myself first, regardless of what anybody else said about anything. I had come to expect judgment and criticism that I had to teach myself that my feelings, thoughts, opinions and even who I am, is okay.
It can often be a challenge to truly feel acceptance, those whom you’ve always thought were closest to you can often be the most judgmental and critical, holding you to standards they set for themselves and if you don’t fit into their expectations you are looked down upon. I’ve been apart of so many communities and met so many people in many different aspects truly searching for that one community I can truly call family.