Reinvention, Transformation and Graduation
Some years ago, you came in to town for an impromptu visit and crashed at our house for a couple of nights, and inadvertently, came out the closet. I say inadvertently only because I don't think you were actually planning to. And the only reason you did was because our crazy friend, Aaron - upon seeing your rainbow necklace - asked you straight out if you were gay. And you said "yes".
I remember wondering to myself if you might be going through a phase; and not because of any dismissive or non-affirming attitudes about homosexuality - but because you were 18 and young and still had so much more life to live. Who knew what more self discoveries were ahead of you?
Fast forward to about 2 months ago; and we're catching up over Facebook when you reveal the next chapter of your life. In that conversation, I said goodbye to my niece, Christina - and hello to my nephew, Chris.
I really cherished our "talk" that day; to hear the level of peace and clarity in your tone. To hear how maturely you dealt with family members and friends who were struggling to accept your decision. I was amazed. I was inspired. My soul applauded your soul's fortitude. And you make be want to be more courageous in my own life's work.
LGBT - Love Gained By Truth
Living into your own truth can be hard work. Whatever your heart's endeavors are, often times the people around you, sometimes even your loved ones - may not understand who you are becoming. And they may not support you. Even worse, the enemy may come from within, and you struggle with self-acceptance.
Chris is doing the hard work and I want to support him. He has put together an Indiegogo campaign called "Manscape Me" to aid in the upcoming medical procedures towards his transition. What I especially love is that Chris is helping others as he's receiving help by making contributions to breast cancer research from this campaign. I hope you'll take a moment to read about Chris's personal journey and consider donating at:
There are 8 more days left to pledge towards his goal of $6000 and they are 40% of the way there. There's also some cool gifts in it for you if you do pledge. I've already claimed my sweet "Manscape Me" tee! ;)
To anyone else, I hope you'll still read Chris's story and find some inspiration of your own. I'll be working towards my own truth and I hope you will too. And know that you are loved.
Chris also asked to share his email address with you at: firstname.lastname@example.org for those who arent able to give money but may want to donate goods to auction off or share his story on Facebook. (Or to simply say hi! ;))