I just love this note!! Don’t you?!
National Coming Out Day celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. We still need to embrace and celebrate this day. Approximately one out of every two persons knows someone who is LGBTQ and making this day known not only promotes equality but encourages persons who have not “yet” come out. October 11th is a day that should be shouting, “It’s okay to be you” and every day thereafter should be a safe place to just be “you”. Youth Line is one helpline and resource for youths who need support…who don`t feel quite ready “come out” or are just confused. It is an Ontario based helpline that trained teens answer and their website offers other supports. For national support across Canada there is always Kids Help Line that offers phone support, web counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as LiveChat 4 evenings a week, anonymous, confidential and free operated by professional bilingual (French + English) counsellors. For those outside Canada, there are youthlines all over the world. You can do a search on the Child HelpLine International to find one in your vicinity.
With the hit of SameLove this year, I discovered the rich voice and powerful poetry of Mary Lambert. I will be posting some of her work now. She truly goes in depth on issues many girls go through such as body image, self-esteem and sexual orientation. Here is a lovely piece that SameLove was developed.