Filled with teen angst, pimples, hormones, drama, drama, drama, trying to fit in, body issues, first loves, first heartbreak, not being the best athlete, not being the smartest, not being in the cool clique….. UGH, let’s face it the teen years suck!
Now imagine trying to go through the teen years knowing you are different, and in many instances living in fear that others will find out about your difference… imagine being a gay teen.
The normal trials and heartaches of the teen years are only amplified when the confusion of being gay enters into the equation.
For many of us we did everything we could to suppress these emotions, for many of us we prayed constantly to be “changed” for many of us, we considered suicide.
Thank God, for today’s youth there are programs that help them move through these feelings and lead the most productive lives possible.
The bullying and bigotry remain rampant, however today there are organizations that help young people know they aren’t the only ones who have the feelings they do, and that they are part of a larger community of acceptance and love that will help them move through the dark days.
Both organizations help gay youth cope with their self discovery and in the case of The Trevor Project, provides a service designed to prevent teen suicides.
These organizations build a bridge for young gay citizens and their heterosexual counterparts that were not available 20 years ago, these organizations save lives.
If you know a young person who could benefit from the services of The Trevor Project or It Gets Better, please give them links to the organizations above or they may call anonymously to,
The Trevor Project: 1 866-488-7386. (866-4-U-Trevor)
Helping to battle the struggles of being gay helps us all realize that we are people first, we are ALL God’s children and we all deserve the respect of our fellow man as we make our way through this life that can sometimes be difficult.
Providing hope to the next generation, the work of “The Trevor Project” and “It Gets Better,” this week’s Friday’s Heroes!
- Day 75: Support the Trevor Project (liveexanimo.wordpress.com)
- Katy Perry to be honored Dec. 2 by Trevor Project ‘as an ally for the LGBTQ community’ (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Support Trevor Project and Adam Lambert’s #attliveproud campaign (onthemeaningofadamlambert.wordpress.com)
- Daniel Radcliffe to be honored by Trevor Project, the gay-youth suicide prevention group (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Florida high school student stands up for gay classmates after Trevor Project leadership training (miamiherald.typepad.com)