As a mother of a 26 year old gay man who has suffered from mental illness and addiction his entire life, I have walked along side the scariest parts of these illnesses and also witnessed beautiful moments of survival and hope on the path. I want to share my story and many others whose voices are not understood or accepted so that we can learn to have compassion and love for those who do not fit into with what the majority are comfortable talking about. I want to scream from the mountain tops that we need more understanding and education about what’s happening within our LGBTQIA community.

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