The Struggle Is Real and This Is My Truth

Equality Texarkana Personal Stories

By Anthony Gillion

The two hardest things to do is ask for help and to tell your truth and I’m fixing to try and do both.

Growing up I always knew I was different. Different from my brothers, different from my classmates, different from my friends. It wasn’t easy, even when I understood why I was different. All I heard from my religion, my family, the world was it was wrong. I didn’t have anyone I could talk to nor did I know anyone like me. I was living in a world that I had to be silent about my true self. There were many tears, many pleads of why do I feel this way. It took a very long time to come to terms with who I was and even longer to understand there was nothing wrong with me. Society along with everyone else told me I was wrong, but I come to realize that who I was I couldn’t change no matter how hard I tried.

I don’t want that for our youth today, I would have given anything if there was somewhere to go where I wasn’t different, some place I could talk to people like me that wouldn’t judge me. That is what we are trying to provide and we need your help! We have a place to welcome people into and provide support for our community but it cannot happen without your support. Please donate whatever you can to help us make this available to all those people who are struggling in our area and remember your struggles in doing so. We already have plans to provide an LGBT support group and free resources to those suffering from injustice and discrimination in our area.

The struggle is real and this is my truth, share your truth and help us end the struggle. Stand up for Equality!