Hey guys and gals!
So this Monday, June 19th, I'll be heading to NYC to attend Trevor Live!
I was discussing human-hero with a friend and he told me I had to get involved. Let me give you a little background on how it applies...
Human-hero dives into a lot of issues- a major one being the exploration of your own unique heroic identity. I believe there is a power inside everyone, your own super-power if you will, that the world will never see again. It's your responsibility to unearth, and expose that power to the world. That heroic voice, is your identity, and keeping it subdued within you does a disservice to the world around you. Easier said than done? Definitely.... but as Joseph Campbell said...
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
I struggled with my own identity growing up- never feeling like I fit in through middle and high-school. Dealing with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia didn't make it any easier as well. And kids are fucking mean, they don't care what problems you are dealing with, because they have their own unique issues. I felt alone all the time.
The Trevor Project started out as a short film, produced by Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone. Written by James Lecesne, has now become a massive force for good in the LGBTQ community. Hundreds of thousands of young people in need have looked to Trevor for hope, guidance, and sometimes simply just an ear that will listen to them. They reminded young people, struggling with their identities, that they are not alone.
With everything going on in today's world, inclusion leads to more separation. Gay/straight/pink/purple, whatever your preference is, everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin, EMPOWERED by their identity, and accepted by those around them.
We are all part of the collective, we all share the same home. And I'm honored to be part of the Trevor Project.