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Say Happy New Year to Josh

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I love my new smart phone.  It pretty much does everything except brush my teeth. (and, rumor has it that they’re working on an app for that!)  My new smart phone is so efficient, I can do all of my early morning online affairs without even leaving my bed.  How can THAT be wrong!?

I stumbled upon a message yesterday.  It was tucked away in my facebook “other” mailbox.  You know, the one we rarely even recognize as being there? I’m glad I did.  In that “other” folder lied a cry for help.

His name is Josh.  In his email message, he described how reading my blog entry, “Story of the Year!!!”, had really helped him.  He goes on to describe that his is one of the home environments that are not quite conducive to growing up lgbt.

I was happy to find out from first-person experience that this blog really is reaching and helping people!!  That’s what this is all about.  I was compelled to respond to him if for no other reason than to make sure he knew that there really were people out in the world who will accept him just for being himself.

Enter the beauty of the smart phone.  This morning, I woke up and, before a foot ever touched the floor, perused through all of my online junk.  Right there in my facebook message folder was a response from Josh, further explaining his plight.  He closed the message with “I want to thank you.  Lately, I’ve felt alone a lot.  It’s nice to know somebody cares, after all.”  That got me out of bed.

Let’s start the year off with a bang!!!!  This is an urgent CALL TO ACTION!  Josh needs to know that there’s literally an army of people out here ready to surround and support him.  Here’s his facebook account.  Send him a friend request.  Then, be a friend to him.  If you can’t do that, you can still send him messages.  Either way, let’s let him know that he really does matter and that things will get better for him with time.  Let’s NOT have to eventually read about Josh giving up too soon.



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