You will meet amazing people. You will find community. Your dad will love your future husband like a son.
You are going to live your best life. Don’t be afraid to be who you are both inside and out. Please know that there are others around you that may be experiencing similar challenges as you, so never hesitate to reach out and open up to them. And dance like nobody is watching. Because time flies and you’ll wish you enjoyed it more.
What would you tell your younger self?
“I wish my younger self asked more questions. I would tell my younger me to ask questions and learn more from the people around you. When I came out, there weren’t many celebrity role models to look up to in the LGBT community, but I was lucky to have been in a youth group at The 519 for teens who were just like me. I met some amazing people, but was too shy to put my hand up and ask anything that was on my mind. I would have also told myself to be more understanding to my dad while I was in the process of coming out. He is so amazing now and loves my husband Matthew like a son, but I feel I could have been more respectful towards him in the early stages as he was learning a lot too.”
Maurie’s Message to LGBTQ2S+ Youth:
“Please know that there are others around you that may be experiencing similar challenges as you, so never hesitate to reach out and open up to them. Also, live your best life, don’t be afraid to be who you are both inside and out. And dance like nobody is watching. Because time flies and you’ll wish you enjoyed it more.”
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