My Journey

Scholarship Entrant: Steve from Cape Coral, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Steve: 1

Progress has been made in the acceptance of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGBT) individuals in the United States. We are now allowed to marry in certain states, and hopefully will be extended to all 50 states in the not too distant future. I would love to be a part of helping young LGBT in our society have a positive outlook on future life experiences and opportunities.

I grew up in a very conservative, religious household in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I always knew I was different from the other children. While in high school, I played on the volleyball team, but other than that I didn’t partake in any outside activities. I never went to any dances or athletic events because I felt very uncomfortable around other people. I knew I was a gay male, but never would admit it to myself or anyone else.

In my early thirties and after years of very difficult personal challenges I came to grips and accepted myself as a gay male. I have now been with my husband for 10 years and were married in San Francisco in 2008.

After being an Accountant for 20 years, I’ve decided to return to school with Psychology as my major. My dream would be to use my experience and education to open up my own LGBT youth center. I want LGBT young people to feel more comfortable in society and have all the opportunities that life should bring.

Vote for Steve: 1

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