February 15, 2017


Nathan, age 12
Springfield, Missouri (1994)

I remember when I was younger being bullied and teased. I felt differently than other boys at around the age of 6 or so. And I started to get bullied when I was finishing up my elementary years in the 5th grade.

I came out to a group of my closest friends at age 9.

And during middle school, I would get pushed into lockers and walls.

I did not always have a support system. But when I finally formed one with my friends and teachers, I was much happier and I saw less harassment and bullying.

My advice to all the young and new generation of LGBT youth is:
Keep your head up. Other people have the same, if not worse, things going on.

What makes me most proud now is being openly gay and being accepted by my neighbors and friends.

Today, I'm still am single at the age of 23.
But for now, I will concentrate on work and furthering my education.

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Evolve With Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Stay strong my friend, you are not alone. :)

Mike Artelle said...

Nathan, you are a Cutie Patootie and will find someone soon enough. Love that cute pic of you feeding the goats! All the best -Mikey

Love beyond love said...

Nathan you are courageous and an awesome young man as you have so much going for yourself and although you had to deal with bullying, you rose above it all, your picture is great as you are happy in the photo. Being gay is so normal and it is something that we are actually gifted with, being gay is a very special thing, to me it makes me feel blessed to be able to be different and I've always felt different ever since I was 4 years old I went through the same thing you went through in Middle School and it lasted until I was out of high school I feel very blessed to grow up gay I'm going to be posting my story along with my picture on here soon God bless you all