I knew at a very young age that I was not like other boys my age. I never liked the typical "boys toys" I would always rather play with dolls and other toys typically associated with girls. When I was 12 years old, I told the first person I was gay, and it was a huge relief. The first person I told was my aunt, after coming out to her and with her support I came out the rest of the family and my friends at school some supported me others not so much. I was bullied for several years to follow, with caused me to go into deep depression I had accepted who I was but others had not. Fellow students and even some family told that I would never amount to anything, that I was worthless and should just die. Even though when I came out, I experienced bullying and lack of support. I did not give up and now work to promote the message that life gets better, and it is important never to give up. I am now a proud LGBTQ advocate & Model/actor, an a Youth Ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and a Community Advocate for Free 2 Luv, I have been and planned to continue to work to end bullying and suicide. Free 2 Luv is in important to me for a number of reasons but the one I would like to share with you today is their never ending dedication to empowering youth to be themselves. I know that if I had known of an organizations like Free 2 Luv when I was younger that I would have felt like I belong, like I was loved, and important everyday and that a lot of my sducidal thoughts and actions might not have happened. One of Free 2 Luv's main goals it to let youth know that they define themselves, not the thoughts of others or society but that they have the power to define who they are to the word and to use that power everyday. I hope that you will consider giving to this amazing organization and help to empower youth to know that they are always Free 2 Luv & to Be themselves.
Free2luv is an amazing nonprofit that is run by quality people who care deeply about keeping the world safe and free from behaviors that put down or injure the souls of others. Free2luv is interactive and amazing; always coming up with new ways to spread "luv" to every community. The only draw back is I live too far away to be more physically active in all their awesome fundraisers and programs! Keep Rocking LUV Free2luv... you are AMAZING! I am honored to be part of their board... I only have agreed to do it because I believe whole heartedly in their mission and the quality in which this nonprofit is run!
FREE2LUV is an amazing organization. It is exactly what our teens need to know they have a place where they will be valued, accepted for who they are, and they will have a voice. FREE2LUV offers such creative ways for kids to express themselves and see themselves in the project. As a child/adolescent therapist I see the affects on kids who have experienced bullying first hand and I have talked many kids out of suicide because of what they have gone through; especially our gay teens who don't know where to turn. I have shown several clients this nonprofit website and they have found comfort in knowing that there is support for them In my opinion, this nonprofit is life changing and saves lives. I couldn't be more proud as a gay person that this nonprofit is available and so well run! It makes my heart sing!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Midge. We are proud to stand with professionals like you who are truly making a difference in the world. Keep up your amazing work!
Free2luv is really making a difference!! Whenever I wear my Free2luv t-shirts or wrist bands people come up to me and ask me what it means and I am able to have a conversation with them and bring awareness to the issues of discrimination, bullying and negative perceptions. Free2luv's Billboards and PSA's are reaching millions of people and the response is so positive and inspirational. We need a change in this world and Free2luv is really making a change for the better! I am so proud and thankful to be a part of their movement. Thank you Free2luv for all of the good that you do!!
This organization came at the perfect time. We need awareness of unity, that we are all one, and that we all share a common goal, LOVE. We all need to be accepting of ourselves, our family, our friends and strangers. In order to do this we need organizations, like FREE2LUV, to help spread the words of love and acceptance to people all over the world. I am proud to be a supporter of FREE2LUV and of the hard working couple who started this nonprofit. They are a wonderful example of love and acceptance.
Thank you, Denise for your love, support and dedication to our cause! Together we can make a difference. We feel honored to be on this journey with you!
Hello! I am Jessy, the reason why I joined this organization was because I wanted to stop bullying once and for all. I really wanna help other people with this problem. Their voices matter, and they deserve to be heard! We can all make a difference if we work together. I am a youth advocate for free2luv and help smaller children face their problem. Stand up to what you believe is right, and make change happen!
Thanks so much, Jessy! We feel very blessed to have you in our movement and we appreciate your LUV and support! Thank you for standing up to bullying with us!
I've always considered myself to be a driven and passionate person. The more passion I have for something, the more drive I feel encouraged to give. Too often, however, I've felt passionate about something without knowing of an effective way to ACT on it. When I happened to run into the fabulous ladies behind Free2Luv at a Seattle Women's Chorus concert, I had no idea what was in store for me. As we stood in line to meet Chely Wright following the concert, I got to know more about who they were and what their organization was about. Within the next couple of months I was meeting with them to do some product modeling and quickly began diving deeper into the group, eventually becoming one of their board members. I can honestly say that I have never felt so happy and blessed to be a part of a growing, influential group such as this one. The message behind their work is simple: Stand up to bullying to spread love and end hate. It's simple, but effective - perfect for the busy world we live in today. What I think really sets this organization apart from the others, however, is the amount of heart that is put into it. Bullying and intolerance are two of the largest issues facing our world today that both cause immense anger, sadness, and feelings of helplessness; working with Free2Luv allows me to take the anger and frustration and put it to excellent use - in turn: ACTION. I've been working closely with the ladies to help form various events creating awareness and education for our communities. Putting my passion to work is one of the most gratifying things I could ever do and I am thankful each and every day for the opportunity. The love that this group exudes is unparalleled and deserves the utmost recognition in every regard. I've read stories from kids who have been touched by Free2Luv and it has shown me just how instrumental we all can be in helping end the epidemic that is bullying and intolerance in our schools. Alone, we have passion and will to do what's right. Together, we have the ability to actually DO what's right and to create REAL solutions. I could go on and on. My heart is so full of love for Free2Luv and I want the world to know that there are people out there fighting for what's right. We can do this. We can all do this. Shouldn't we all be Free2Luv?
Adam, we feel blessed beyond words to have you on our team and look forward to truly being the change we want to see with you! Thank you so much for your dedication, passion and sharing of your talents with our collective cause.
As an educator, I see first hand the devastating effects of bullying on today's youth. It is not new to young people but there are now so many more avenues of being bullied with the vast networks involved. When I first discovered Free2Luv and the work they were doing I was not only inspired but knew I wanted to join forces with them. Such an incredible group of people really uplifting people around them, bring them together and healing relationships. Iit is people's natural desire to want to love rather than hate and that's why I stand firmly with all people's right to be free to love whomever they want! Here's to more love in this world!
We feel honored to be on this journey with you! Thank you for being a strong voice for change. We truly appreciate all of your love and support!