The world we live in today is so fixed on personal appearance and social acceptance instead of good old fashioned morals.
Don’t get me wrong we are all entitled to look and feel good. But there comes a point where people have to realize that it’s not all about what’s on the outside but on the inside.
I don’t want the younger generation including my siblings growing up looking at magazines wishing that they looked like someone else or have their lives so that they fit in.
If we can teach others that’s it’s ok to feel comfortable with who they are in their own skin we reduce suicide not only young LGBT teens but anyone who may feel uncomfortable in their own skin.
Teen Homelessness is a trend that isn’t trendy. There are 30,000 homeless people in New Zealand. 20- 40 percent are LGBT and under 25.
There are multiple reasons as to why they are out on the street some of them are escaping from sexual or physical abuse, some have fallen into drug habits for lack of self-acceptance, some have them have simply being Kicked out of home for being who they are including their sexual orientation.
No one should have to live this way. When we see kids left out in the cold, how can we feel pride in our community? how can we just pass by them when it could easily have been us?
These are some of the issues that I would address given the platform of Mr. Gay New Zealand.
I want to be a voice for those who feel like they can’t speak freely or simply are not being heard
I believe I can have a positive effect on the well-being of the Present and Younger Generations as well as the LGBT community in New Zealand and other countries.
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