It's not surprising that our first piece of advice would be on the importance of education. My oldest son started college this week, and is living away from home for the first time. While at school, he will become friends with young men who are finally able to live openly and honestly as gay men. Over time, I hope this project becomes a resource for gay youth who cannot come out at home. And, eventually, I hope this project becomes obsolete because gay youth will never have to be afraid in their own homes and schools.
The opportunity to be fully self-expressed is only one of the advantages of a college education. College graduates make more money on average than people without college degrees. College graduates are more likely to be employed during tough economic times. And college is an excellent way to prepare for professional life.
For some of you, a four year degree is not the pathway to achieving their dream. Maybe you want to take a few years to explore the world, learning from the rich experiences you expect to have. For you, the educational path might be on-the-job training or finding a mentor to help with a start up idea. Perhaps it's trade school or an apprenticeship.
Pick an educational pathway makes sense for you and your dreams, and do it! Your education cannot be taken away; what you learn will be with you forever.
Today's quote comes from Nick Literski, a professional spiritual guide, working primarily with the LGBTQ community to help individuals discover and deepen their relationship with the Divine, whatever form that relationship may take. Nick holds a Master's in Spiritual Guidance from Sofia University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
I'm a gay father with gay sons. My mission is to work with the community to prepare them -- and other young gay men -- for a happy and successful life.