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
Letter to the WCDSB re: Pride Flags, By Rebecca Webb
I am writing from KW Counselling Services at the urging of members of the community and our staff.
Ray, Age 14
I live in a community that is very accepting of LGBQT2+ people.
Happy Valentine’s Day from OK2BME, By Wash, Tyler and Alicia
Happy Valentine’s Day from OK2BME! Check out our reflections on Valentine’s Day….and the power of self compassion on this day of love!
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.