I’ve been so busy studying for this neuroscience exam that I forgot that today’s National Coming Out Day (or if you prefer, National Sharing Identities Day).
I’m transgender. For me, being transgender is just part of my identity, but it used to be the whole of who I was. Before I began transitioning, I was angry, alone and prone to making bad choices because I was trying to be the woman I was not. I was constantly focused on who did or didn’t know who I was, whether I should tell people, would it be safe to do so.
Now, I just go about my business, and life is a lot easier. I’m making my mark on the world as a transgender person who’s seen a lot and I’m helping other people–trans and cis–be more comfortable with who they are and live better lives. I’m halfway through my first semester towards getting my MA in Counseling Psychology and I plan to eventually work with young adults and adolescents from all walks of life.
At this point in my life, I don’t need to advertise constantly who I am, but I also don’t hide it. I am me…and being transgender is part of that.
A BIG GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN FAMILY WELCOME TO YOU…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A28skAO0AQ8
You are very welcome here. This group is an inspiringly inclusive, safe space where we give and receive support, encouragement and offer hope to those who need it most. To access all our videos and stories so far, please check out the official website.http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html
WHAT IS THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN?
Stage One – The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online video initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories.
The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.
All of our videos can be found on our youtube channel.
THE NBI ASSOCIATES YOUTUBE CHANNEL CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK HERE:
Stage Two – has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.
Write your story or make and send your video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
SHARE YOUR STORY AND HAVE IT SHOWN ON:
THE NBI ASSOCIATES YOUTUBE PAGE: NBIassociateshttp://www.youtube.com/user/NBIassociates?feature=mhee
THE NBI ASSOCIATES/ GIVE ‘EM HOPE WEBSITE:
Stage Three – is the living family support network which flourishes on facebook. Both the group and sister page are staffed by an international team of compassionate administrators, of diverse backgrounds, who provide unrivalled support and guidance.
JOIN THE “Give ‘em Hope” GROUP ON FACEBOOK:
COME AND VISIT OUR SISTER PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/GIVEemHOPE
NBI/GIVE ‘EM HOPE BLOG:https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/
GIVE ‘EM HOPE GOODIES:http://www.cafepress.com/giveemhope