Auckland Pride Dedication

February 24, 2016

I dedicate last weeks Pride event to raise awareness about this statistic in hope that it continues to decrease:

Suicide Rate amongst 10yr – 24yr LGBT community are THREE times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals and
-Six times likely to report high levels of depression while
-35% of transsexuals have attempted suicide.

This tears me apart, it really does. People taking their own lives for something they can’t control because they see no hope. I came from a place where I could easily have been one of these myself and events like these helped me see a light when I was in a very dark place. Pride events and festivals like this help those still “in the closet” see first hand how much support they’ll have when they decide to “come out” and make that important, yet terrifying, step. I remember growing up and lying where I would be; sneaking off into the city to attend the parade. This was exhausting. For over 15 years I built this “coming out” into a monster that plagued my thoughts and haunted me day in and day out. In the end it turns out is really wasn’t a big deal at all. Hell didn’t freeze over. I didn’t loose any friends. Parents still loved me. Nothing happened besides the fact of a huge weight lifted off my back. I could finally walk a little taller and this grey cloud was finally lifted. Those who matter didn’t care.. While
the couple who cared no longer matter. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.

I share this story repeatedly bc I know for a fact a handful of mates on here are still mustering up the courage to do so themselves. I stand with each of you in confidentiality every step of the way and if anyone else needs an ear feel free to shoot me a message. πŸ™‚ You’ve all got this. I promise. πŸ’ͺ🏼 So ya, people ask “why do u have these pride festivals” and there are many answers, but to give *hope* is the reason I go.

One final thought to all my friends who are starting that incredible journey of parenthood. My question to you is this: What if your child was born gay? How will your example in their upbringing make it an open atmosphere where they are comfortable confiding in you if they indeed are homosexual? This is critical if we want to get this horrible statistic down. However, we’re on the right path.. That’s for sure. πŸ™‚

Happy Pride and thanks for reading. Love y’all. πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸ™


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