As shared by Victorino Marti, a transgender youth
Middle school was a tough time for me and my family. I was being bullied, because I was into sports. I was also being physically bullied.
I would get these thoughts and urges to hurt myself. I first tried to take my life at age 10. I consistently wrote my mom letters telling her that I’d rather be in heaven, so that I didn’t have to deal with the pain. We were lost.
We went online and began our search for resources. We found YES Institute. Their Communication Solutions™ course, in particular, paved the way for us. We learned that we can keep our individual beliefs and still remain whole as a family.
We are so grateful to YES. I went from being a depressed child to feeling happy and loved by my family and friends. Now I’m beginning college, and I want to make sure that no child ever goes through what I experienced.
Families often experience pain and confusion when a young person comes out as gay or transgender, or expresses gender in unexpected ways. Many questions feel urgent: Will they be safe? Did I do something wrong? What will people think of me/us? How do I tell the rest of the family?
Research shows that gay and transgender college students experience depression, and suicidal thoughts 4 times more frequently than their heterosexual peers.YES Institute provides education and resources that support families grappling with these challenging questions.