Having people that supported me as I came out as bisexual really helped and made a difference in my life. It does get better. It was really hard but I made sure that I surrounded myself with people that I knew I could trust. I want to take this opportunity to spread that message that you should say thank you to every person that helped you and I love you to every person that you love because life is too short to be wasting any breaths and you never know how much time you have with that special person. It has gotten better, but I would have never made it by myself.— Ellie L. (Baltimore, MD)
In my town we have a GLBTQ pride center and every time I stop by I slip in a few dollars as a secret donation to them. I am currently also helping in getting my school to start a GSA because we are badly in need of one. Finally, I talk to any GLBTQ friends and strangers about dealing with the bullying in a positive way without self harm. I pledge to continue helping my friends, my school, my community, and the world become a better place for the LGBTQ group of people.— Clayton L. (Lafayette, IN)
— Marc M. (Brampton, ON, Canada)
Communicate. That’s the biggest and best first thing you can ever do. Whether it be with a teacher, sibling, friend, parent or even a counselor. Being able to communicate is the first step to your life getting better. It doesn’t have to be even talking; it can be a letter or email or text…let people know what’s going on in your life, your thoughts and emotions.
People can and will help you, you just need to search them out. Oh and one last thing, never EVER let someone bring you down. You’re you, and you is always good enough. Never stray from who you are because you never know who will come along and want and love “you”.
You are perfect in every way imaginable, and you should never allow fear to overshadow your heart. The people who truly love you will remain by your side. I am one of them. Though I may not know you, have seen you in person, spoken to you or become your close friend; I love you. I love you like my best friend still loves me. With all my heart and with my every breath. And I am so proud of you for being the person you are, no matter what. And if I can do that, you can show the whole world that you can do it too. Go out there: Be loud, be proud and most importantly, be who your heart tells you to be!—Myrtle M. (Sierra Vista, AZ)
I’m now 20 years old and living on my own. I study at university and work as a language instructor. My comrades at university accept me and are friendly - you know, people do get more intelligent and kinder - my colleagues love me, and my students respect and like me. What more do I need? Life does get better.
The secret is to keep fighting for your dreams, and don’t let your head down. You can succeed. I won’t say it’s easy, I’ve put a lot of work a effort in it, and I still do work hard, but it definitely is possible.
Forget about all the pressure of your peers and just concentrate on how you feel. Take things one step at a time and at a pace your comfortable and in control of. If you’re confused just give it time it will all figure it’s self out. If you’re thinking of coming out, TAKE YOUR TIME it’s not something to rush into and when the times right you will just know.—Charlie T. (Lawford, UK)
Things get so much better knowing you’re not alone. If you think you don’t mean anything to anyone just know that you mean something to me. You may not know me and I may not know you but I’m sure enough that you mean something to me.—Natalie C. (District Heights, MD)
As I started being accepted more and more I wondered if there were more people out there going through the same thing. I was on Facebook and I came across a LGBT News page that made me feel better about myself. They helped prove that I wasn’t the only one. They—Raeven C. (Parrish, AL)
showed me that they understand what it feels like to be in the same situation as I was in. The pictures, the statuses, the help; everything helped me. The point is, if you feel alone, don’t be afraid to reach out and look for someone. Odds are, you’re not the only one!
Some of the most incredible people in my life are gay. I do my best to support them and other members of the LGBT community by listening, offering words of encouragement, just doing what I can to be a good friend. It doesn’t matter who you love, only that you love.—Liam B. (Stillwater, OK)
Once I got more involved in the LGBT community and surrounded myself with like-minded people, it improved my self-esteem. As time went on, I was more confident in being “out” at my jobs and felt a lot more support and respect.—Terri H. (Phoenix, AZ)