I began a hashtag (#notyourbefore) and a lot of people posted in it, shouted it out, etc. I was doing what I always did, but for the first time, other people were listening.
But when we live in a world that inundates us with messages that thin is in and people still genuinely believe that identifying anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum is a choice, it can be hard to see through the fog of negativity and find representation in the media – or just on the street.
Organizations like The Trevor Project, Glaad, and the It Gets Better Organization provide LGBTQ people, especially youths, with resources specifically tailored for gay and transgendered people.
Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or a straight ally – there are so many ways to get involved and support our friends and family.