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  • I came out late in life. That is, in comparison to those around me: gay or straight or bi. It wasn't until about 26 or so that I finally announced that I was not straight. Most friends declared their sexuality (quite explicitly) from 16 to 20, and some a few ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tony is a 5th grade school teacher in Northern California. He and his husband Greg do a lot of advocacy for the LGBT community.
  • Brett Dunckel, Founder
    Brett Dunckel is the founder of "You Can Be Anything". He is a firefighter/paramedic in South Florida. He wants fellow LGBTQ individuals to submit videos and stories about their careers in the hopes it will show young LGBTQ individuals even though they are LGBTQ they can be anything.
  • Jeff grew up as a competitive swimmer and now manages a world class aquatics complex. The complex has seen ten world records set since it was built.

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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.