Dear Spencer, Thinking back to highschool I was always bullied and picked on for the way I walked, talked and acted. I was picked on as being "gay" before I even understood what it was. In turn I closed off that part of me until I was older and wiser. I would lash out and even pick on others who dare associate me with that sort of slander. As I grew up though I realised how much that dislike and distain was unnecessary. I realised how persecuting someone for who they love is the same as not liking someone for the Color skin they were born in. Everyone should have the freedom to express themselves and be heard, rather than shut down because of who they are. As an ally it is only fair for everyone to have a right to Life. A right to love. Not based on love of a particular gender but about one person loving another, regardless. People may disagree but it it always better to build than to break. Yours Truly, O'Brien
March 29, 2017
Dear Fellow Misfits,
When I think of myself, I don't consider labels a necessity. I indulge in the freedom to be who I am without restrictions.
Growing up I was taught to be accepting and understanding of a person's lifestyle. However I was always expected to be the "straight church girl". At some point I tried to fit in, but I was never happy. I was always left feeling lost and very confused. I guess it had a lot to do with seeing myself through the eyes of others than facing the truth in the mirror.
When I decided on opening up to persons about my sexuality I was expecting to be misunderstood. However I was surprised as to the support I have gotten so far. Yes there has been negative reactions and very harsh opinions, but I valued even those because its a part of the journey and my growth. Not everyone will be welcoming and understanding and that's okay, life goes on. As it stands now my family is not fully accepting of who I am as an individual, but what truly makes a family? On this journey I have found that those that cherish and motivates you to continually be the best version of yourself are the ones deserving of the title.