Happy Pride Month, Baby Bro

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Note: This was written with my brother’s consent since, after all, he is the owner of his story. It is important to be mindful not to identify anyone when divulging parts of their story, without their consent. It is never okay to out someone who hasn’t themselves done so, or who wishes for it to remain private. 

Everyone meet my best friend, my brother. He’s also my brotog, advance team, and provides creative feedback for my Instagram. #truestorylol It helps that he’s in the ad/communications industry. We are 6.5 years apart but have always been close. He’s picked me up (literally) when I’ve been at some of my lowest points and I hope he can say the same (figuratively speaking lol) about me. 

Right before he came out to me and my husband a few years ago, he was bawling. My heart dropped because I was expecting something bad...

Then, he told us his news. And I was literally RELIEVED. I didn’t love or view him any differently — how could I?? 

My hope is that if someone you love comes out to you - be it this month or anytime- that you are there for them with an open heart, open mind and open arms, and that you continue to be an ally to them. 

According to The Trevor Project, LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. Those  who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. 

So, please be kind. 
Practice empathy. 
Choose love.

Lou, I love you and wish everyone could have a “you” in their life. You’ve certainly made mine so much better by being in it. 

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