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THESE PARTICULAR LYRICS RESONATE with ME, as I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE JUDGED, TORMENTED and ABUSED FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE BY BOTH KIDS and ADULTS SIMPLY BECAUSE I was PERCEIVED as BEING GAY.
FOR ME IT STARTED AS YOUNG as ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and THE RELENTLESS BULLYING CONTINUED ALL THE WAY THROUGH COLLEGE and at TIMES BEYOND. YES, I WAS ONE of THE FORTUNATE ONES WHO SURVIVED, but TOO MANY KIDS and YOUTH WERE and ARE NOT SO LUCKY.
BACK THEN, there WAS NO RESOURCES or SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS to HELP, but TODAY THERE IS. LGBTQ YOUTH BULLYING is OBVIOUSLY PERSONAL to ME as I KNOW THE TORMENT THESE KIDS ENDURE and HOW THAT IMPACTS THEIR LIVES CURRENTLY and IN THE FUTURE. I AM EMPATHETIC TO THEM, THEIR NEEDS and THEIR HURTS.
YES SOME OF THE EMOTIONAL SCARING is STILL WITH ME to THIS DAY and IT’S BEEN AN ONGOING PROCESS, but IT’S NOT A CLICHE when THEY SAY that “IT GET’S BETTER” because IT ABSOLUTELY DOES. TODAY, I AM a PROUD GAY MAN who FEELS SUPPORTED, and WHO LIVES in MY TRUTH and as MY AUTHENTIC SELF.
BUT, I KNOW THE DAMAGE that CAN COME FROM BULLYING and WITH THE #TIMESUP and #METOO MOVEMENTS occurring currently, I FELT COMPELLED TO SPEAK UP as ABUSE is ABUSE, and THERE is NO NEED TO BE ASHAMED TO STEP FORWARD in order TO HELP OTHERS.
SO IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE or YOU YOURSELF are AN LGBTQ YOUTH and NEED HELP and SUPPORT, PLEASE REACH OUT and CONTACT @trevorproject. I SUPPORT THEM, and COMMEND THE IMPORTANT and COMPASSIONATE WORK THEY DO. 🌈🙏🏻 #music #words #lyrics #standup #support #youth #kids #humanity #people #lovemore #loveislove #equality #intolerance #latergram #regram #message #truth #true #bw #justsaying #pride #mylife #sorrynotsorry #speakup #memories #moments #bullying #awareness