These blog posts were written by youth and teens in the OK2BME program. They give us a glimpse into the lives of young rainbow people and help us to understand why programs like OK2BME and school GSAs are important. If you would like to write a personal story for our blog, please contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
An Enchanted Forest, By Members of the GSA Squad
As part of the OK2BME Youth Leadership Group (aka the GSA Squad) we are in charge of picking the theme, deciding on the poster, making the decorations and organizing the overall experience for the Pride Prom. We meet together every other Tuesday to make decisions, discuss plans and sometimes just eat pizza. The leadership group gives us a place to work with others and give back to the community. Having youth plan youth events helps to make the events more interesting and appropriate while also giving the youth a chance to be involved.
Anonymous, Age 15, Bisexual
I think that a lot of times we are told to be brave. We are told to be brave, and have confidence in ourselves, and not be afraid of what others think. But when you put yourself out there in a way that you are exposed and vulnerable, what others are thinking may be the least of your worries.
Brandan Dietrich, Age 16, Gay
I still remember it as if it were yesterday, well that is how a typical story starts. This is no story!!! It’s my life. It all started when I was in grade 5. I was at a Christian School which was really difficult for me. But in Grade 6 I was looking at my one friend at the time who was a boy, and saying WOW he is really cu……… wait was I just going to say CUTE. HOW DARE I!!!!! That is what I was always taught and told. YOU CANT…
Sam, Age 18, Transman
Can you imagine for a moment that if you are a guy there are only public women’s washrooms and only public men’s washrooms if you are a girl? Can you imagine what it would be like to be out in the world and have to go, but have nowhere to do it? What would you do? Where would you turn?
Alex, Age 18, Lesbian
THIS IS ME
It was a typical love story, the one where that girl catches your eye and it’s love at first sight. I just didn’t know it could involve two girls.
Christin, Age 15
I realized that I was bisexual when I was in Seventh grade. I was so scared to tell people that I’m bi. But I figured that they had the right to know. I finally just told my friends and my mom that I’m bi and they are all perfectly okay with it.
Anonymous, Age 16, Bisexual
I come from an all conservative family, with the exception of my father and I. Growing up, I never knew about their thoughts and beliefs on anything political or taboo. But once I hit puberty, everything was exposed to me all at once.
Kian Brooks, Age 14, Gay
Usually everyday first day for me started out normal. But when I got to grade nine, it had a huge impact on my life. I always had a feeling I was gay, but never knew for sure, until I reached grade nine, and saw who was in all my classes. Then I knew for sure. It was a really hard decision to come to, but I knew it was right.