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  • jonathan-ycba
    Jonathan is a X-Ray and MRI Tech at a hospital in South Florida. He has had a great experience being openly gay and working in the healthcare industry and would like to encourage others to do the same.
  • darran-ycba
    Darran was a police officer until receiving a career ending injury while on duty. He now teaches at a police academy and is a fraud investigator with a major U.S. bank.
  • minister-ycba
    I am the first born to Jewish parents. My earliest religious experiences were my bris (The Jewish religious rite of circumcision at eight days of age) and being redeemed by my father (Redemption of the First Born). According to Jewish tradition, it was the first born who were to be ...
  • lyle-ycba
    Lyle is an openly gay family and LGBTQ therapist in South Florida. He also provides counseling through Sun Serve, a South Florida non-profit which provides mental health assistance to LGBTQ individuals in South Florida. Prior to becoming a therapist, Lyle was a construction contractor.
  • anthony-ycba
    All my life I have followed my dream of becoming a Peace Officer. I have worked hard to reach my goals in life. I have struggled and I have cried. There was always part of me growing up that made me feel hindered about reaching my goals. I've know I ...

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Young people who are questioning their sexuality or have recently come to accept the fact they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender face some extreme challenges. They may be rejected by their friends or worse--by their families.  They may think their future dreams and goals may no longer be possible because of their sexuality. They may feel they are unable to continue on the same path they saw themselves on before discovering their sexuality.  They may feel they will not be able to enter the career they have always dreamed of.

A lot of young LGBT and questioning individuals do not personally know any people like themselves. Odds are even less favorable that they have a LGBT role model in the career they are interested in. They may feel there is no place for a LGBT person in that particular field. They have probably been told, directly or indirectly, LGBT people can't possibly be police officers or firefighters for example. Or maybe they feel there are no openly gay people in professional sports. This can be a huge deterrent to a young LGBT or questioning person... Learn more.