Growing up gay was not easy. I often felt alone and scared, a victim of constant bullying and violence from my peers while school officials failed to intervene. I considered suicide, but eventually came to realize that life is worth living no matter how hard it may seem. There is always somewhere or someone you can turn to for help, even if that someone is you. Please believe in yourself. People believe in you and want you to stick around. I believe in you, too ;-) I'm grateful for family, friends, and organizations like Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) who helped me through tough times as well as celebrated with me my successes: a scholarship to college, working with meaningful causes and campaigns, being around friends and loved-ones... I hope my story will help empower anyone who faces adversity because of their identity. Please persevere always and take pride in knowing that it's okay to ask for help when you need it. Need help now? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -or- 1-866-488-7386 - The Trevor Project: Supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) people in crisis Need help outside of the U.S.? Visit http://www.befrienders.org/support/helplines.asp -or- http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres. Learn more about GLAD's work at http://www.glad.org or subscribe to GLADvideo on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/GLADvideo.