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Josh's Beautiful Struggle

Organized by: Joann Rabanal

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My friend Josh is a very generous, smart and loving guy who has fallen across some hard times. Josh kept being gay a secret, except to a few friends. Over time, we finally convinced him to tell his parents. Two weeks ago, he let his parents in on his secret. His parents are very religious and did not take this very well. A couple days later, he arrives at my doorstep asking to stay the night. His parents changed the locks to the house while he was at work and refused to answer to his calls. This left him with just the clothes on his back, no place to go, and feeling very empty. Josh and I knew each other since we were kids. We both were brought up in the same religion, the difference is, Josh’s dad was one of our elders. His dad spoke at services, and at times Josh was up there by his side. Since Josh is the son of an elder, all rules are strictly enforced. So while I grew up believing that people should be respected, regardless of who they are, Josh grew up conflicted. As Josh became a young adult, he was emotionally drained because he was forced to grow up believing that being gay was a sin. It was hard to watch him grow up with the feeling that he was lying to his parents, and when he showed up with at my door, it was truly heartbreaking to see him finally broken. The past weeks of lying on my couch has taken its toll on Josh. He is a very diligent worker and works hard every day. But at the end of the day, he is drained, tired, and very upset about his parent’s reaction and wants to show them that he can be a strong, independent, gay man. Please join me and be a flashlight through Josh’s darkness. I would like to help him get stable by finding him a decent place and some clothes. Please help me build up some rent deposit money, the first month’s rent, and some clothes money for Josh. Please guide a scorned gay man to his feet so he can see how beautiful he really is.


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