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Sebastian from Michigan
Bravery means standing up for what you believe in and what is right. Even standing up for others, bravery takes a lot of balls and courage. Bravery is something that I never thought I could have or could see in myself.
I used to be a very shy, reserved kid. I never stood up for myself or against others because I was too afraid. Even when it came to my sexuality, I hid for years due to fear of rejection and the thought of what my family and friends would do.
With the help of friends I eventually came out and was kicked out and on the streets because of it. But still I had not found bravery within myself. I was still somewhat of a pushover and was afraid of others and what they thought of me and how I would fit in as this new person who is gay.
It took living off the generosity of others and paycheck to paycheck for awhile before I could find myself amidst chaos. My mother, who was my solid supporter, tried to understand what I was going through but before we could figure everything out she sadly passed away. Still, after that I had not found my bravery.
It was a 3-year discovery but after many trials and tribulations I found my bravery within myself. I had to tell myself that I was worthwhile and I was not some freak because I am gay, and that is what I hope I can help others learn.
So many kids are ridiculed and bullied because they are different, but that, to me, makes them more special.
I also was bullied as a child and into my high school years for being too skinny or too "gay" and that pushed me further into the closet and made me afraid to speak my mind. I too thought of ending it all, but that is not the answer.
We need to stick together and be a network of support. That network can help others feel safe and not alone among the so called "haters."
So I hope that with writing this message and joining the fight for this foundation that I can help the people out there who deserve to know you are not alone. "Cuz Baby you were Born This Way!"