Longer-term readers of my blog may remember this entry I wrote about my experiences being bullied. It was definitely a “there but for the grace of God…” kind of thing, and I still feel that way.
While my bullying was not a result of anything going on with me sexuality-wise (I’d shut that part of me down completely), it easily could have been. And for that, I wouldn’t have known where to turn for help. I don’t think there really was a place for gay or questioning young people to turn for help – largely because at least as far as I knew, it wasn’t really discussed anywhere – homosexuality that is.
Now, there is The Trevor Project. For those who don’t know about it, please check out the website. It’s a suicide hotline and just a general support place for kids who feel like they don’t have anywhere else to turn. Even with marriage equality gaining ground across the country, there are still far too many cases – many even in New York – that prove that being gay or even questioning isn’t always safe, even in places seen as the most accepting and liberal.
My running club teammate and friend Stacey is running the NYC Marathon in November through the 9+1 program NYRR offers, but she’s also chosen to raise money for The Trevor Project. She doesn’t have to in order to run – and she doesn’t have to raise a set amount other than what she has set as her goal. She’s choosing to because she knows how important this vital resource is.
If you’d like to help support Stacey’s efforts and help support The Trevor Project, her fundraising page can be found here.
BTW, in case you were wondering, she didn’t ask me to do this – I’m choosing to. 🙂
Run Scoops run!!