Ahoy mermaids and sailors of the world. My name’s Jacob, but you can call me Jay or any other friendly variation you can think of. I’m currently living in Ohio and am a junior in the K12 homeschooling program. I always feel a bit odd when I read of the horror stories of kids my age coming out. In retrospect I feel like I’ve had it incredibly easy. I find myself always joking with my friends saying that “I was never in so I never had to come out”. When I was nine I remember casually telling my parents one night at dinner that I was attracted to a boy in my music class. To me this only seemed natural, and thankfully my parents didn’t think much of it either, treating it as if it was something any other boy would tell his parents after a long day at school. Aside from music, I’ve always had a love for animals, reading, and a few scattered sports.
Growing up I always found it odd when I would hear kids use words like “fag” or use gay in a negative connotation in school, I never really thought I was any different than most kids; I ate in the same cafeteria at lunch, played on the same jungle gym at recess, and griped about the same teachers as they did. I also had always thought that liking boys was (for a lack of better wording) “The right thing”. I mean think about it; boys in my neighborhood basically segregated themselves from the girls. At recess boys would run around in the field surrounding the playground play wrestling and bragging about how fantastic at Pokemon they were. I always felt like the outlier in this equation, I found myself on some days I wanted to play in the field, and on others I wanted swing and play four square with the girls.
My school life went like this all up until high school. Before transferring into homeschooling, I was a student at Columbus North International High School. It was very different from middle and elementary school; no one cared about anyone’s said gender or sexual orientation because everybody was too busy just trying to discover themselves I guess. It’s also when I first became involved in Kaleidoscope Youth Center. Getting involved here changed my personality completely. I went from just being another kid to being a youth leader. I applied and became a member of KYC Connects Youth Leadership Council, in which I helped organize LGBTQI youth related activities such as the annul GSA Summit and Other Prom ( A prom dedicated to LGBTQI youth and allies ).
I feel like Kaleidoscope Youth Center is just the beginning of my advocacy. This organization has inspired me to want to make a difference for other LGBTQI youth not only on a citywide level, but hopefully a statewide maybe even national level. I’m Jay, giving everyone a big nautical hello from Ohio!
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