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  • designer-ycba
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • al-ycba
    Al is a Captain with the Pembroke Pines Police Department. He has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and has been open about his sexuality throughout most of his time on the police force. He is a great example for young LGBT individuals to follow.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.

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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.