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  • 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 ...
  • wil-ycba
    Wil is an openly gay police officer with the Hialeah police department. Prior to becoming a police officer he served in the Navy and was deployed in the Middle East. Wil also enjoys acting and recently finished making a film called 'The Denied'. The Denied "A cop receives the worst ...
  • matt-ycba
    Like most others have said, I always knew that I was different from the other boys. I remember having my first crush on a boy when I was in 3rd grade. He was my best friend at the time and I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but ...
  • 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 ...
  • greg-ycba
    Greg Miraglia is a retired police officer, a dean of education, and author. He also hosts a weekly LGBT radio program called Outbeat Radio in Northern California on KRCB radio and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. You can find out more about ...

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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.