These will help.
Almost everyone in the LGBTQ+ community has felt it at some point. Bullied. Scared. Depressed.
LGBTQ+ teens and young adults are EIGHT TIMES more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts.
You may be in that dark place right now where everyone in your life seems like either a bully, clueless, or doesn't care about you. You feel alone, and you just want all of it to STOP. Every day leaves you bloody and dying.
You NEED to know: It gets better.
Yeah, I know, I'm full of crap. At least, that's what I would have said to myself if I had said that to myself, 7, no, even 3 years ago. I thought death was the only way to make the pain stop. Live in the closet, die in the closet. That's what I believed.
Then I decided to risk coming out, and I lived to say it was the best thing I could have ever done.
Things get better. Not always quickly, and not without a fight, but it will.
These people have lived through it, and want you to do the same.
"I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that's great. If they don't, then I'm still happy." — Laverne Cox
"Things will get easier, people's minds will change, and you should be alive to see it." — Ellen DeGeneres
"I feel really good, I feel like a man now, and I'm really happy." — Chaz Bono
"I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose." — Margaret Cho
"We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That's okay." — Laverne Cox
"For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue." — Margaret Cho
"By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better." — Laverne Cox
"Your life can be amazing, if you only tough this period out." — Dan Savage
"This isn't forever, it's just for now." — Hannah Hart
"There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness." — Frank Ocean
"Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think." — Queen Latifah
"I’m not going to die because I failed as someone else. I’m going to succeed as myself." — Margaret Cho
"It's worth it. YOU are worth it." — ElloSteph
"There are times you can't really see or even feel how sweet life can be. Hopefully its mountains will be higher than its valleys are deep. I know things that are broken can be fixed. Take the punch if you have to, hit the canvas and then get up again. Life is worth it." — Queen Latifah
"Our genders are as unique as we are." — Janet Mock
"Even on the rainy days, the sun still shines behind the clouds, you just can’t see it from where you are right now." -ElloSteph
"There is a place for us, for you." — Dan Savage
"When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, 'You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things." — Queen Latifah
"Be kind to one another." — Ellen DeGeneres