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You Are Not Alone


A Video Blog

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

October 7, 2010

Today I decided to make a "You Are Not Alone" video because of the many suicides that are happening in the LGBTQ Youth. Many of these beautiful young people are committing suicide because of bullying in school.

I can empathize with this. In middle school I tried to commit suicide because of pressures at school. I was called the "F word" a lot. I didn't want to tell anyone because I didn't know what would happen to me. I was so scared to go to school sometimes I faked sick just not to go. In middle school I was attacked several times. I was pushed into lockers, punched, slapped, stabbed with a pencil, and someone actually threw a coin at my head at full force that actually made an indentation in my head. I lashed out at my parents at that time and I went from being an A/B student to a C average student. I knew I was different and the fact that people called me names because of my sexuality stayed with me for a long time.

But now I have a chance to do something, to help others that are going through the very same abuse from their bullies as I did. Let's help those who cannot help themselves.

Mr. Justin B. Smith

"If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." ..... Audre Lorde

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See Also
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In Wake of LGBT Suicides, GMHC Launches Anti-Homophobia Campaign, "I Love My Boo"
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10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission
More on HIV Prevention in Young People

 

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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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