I think a lot about other people. A year ago I would have said "other people" run Spartan Races. Other people run through the woods, get muddy, climb walls. That isn't me.
And until last night, I would have said that "other people" are the victims of hate crimes. Other people get jumped, beaten. Those pictures of the swollen head, busted ear drum, bleeding - that isn't me.
But it is me.
Last night I ran for my life from a mob of 20 kids shouting anti-gay slurs. In one week, I run for safe schools, education, stopping the violence and speaking out. Thank you for your support...
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The challenge of a Spartan Race, the feeling of barbed wire cutting through your arm, the 8 foot wall, mud covered body -- it is nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to the challenge of growing up gay.
I know, because I've lived through the challenges of growing up a gay man. I am here today because of a very strong and supportive family and the work of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network.
The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) works to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. I've worked with them for over 13 years and proud to recently become the Chair of GLSEN NYC. I'm raising funds to support the vital work that GLSEN does in NYC and beyond. My hope is that through your generous donation, we can work to make schools safe for all students.