We all like to romanticize our youth, but in reality most of us know that it isn’t all that easy to be 18 years old. Sure we don’t have all of the cares and problems of raising and supporting a family, but it is not an especially easy age, none the less.
Now imagine that you are also a member of the LGBT community, part of a group that still experiences disdain and discrimination by many who feel themselves to be morally superior to you. This is hard enough to deal with in and of itself but with the support of a loving family it can be dealt with. That is if you do have that support, if instead your family joins the haters you have nothing.
That’s what happened to Nick, a freshman at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, when his step-mother heard that he was bisexual, he came home to find his belongings on the front yard. He says his parents also demanded the keys to his car and the SIM card from the phone that he himself had paid for, and told him that if he and his belongings were not gone in ten minutes they would call the police and have him arrested for trespassing.
Nick had a small savings account from money that he had earned bagging groceries which was held in an account to which his step-mother was a signatory, she confiscated that as well, telling him that she had to take it “in order to protect herself.” Of course there was no explanation as to what it was she was protecting herself from.
The mother-in-law of his friend and co-worker Steve Bevers heard of his plight and took him into her home. Steve set up a GoFundMe page for Nick explaining his situation and soliciting help for him. The response has shown that far from being the majority people like his father and step-mother are in the minority, the page has raised over $16,000 to help the cash strapped teen out.
As one of the people who has contributed to help Nick out points out to him in a comment on the GoFundMe page said to him:
“Family is not always made of blood ties. The people who are touched by your call today, they are your spirit family.”
With the kind of support he has found from strangers Nick is likely to be a survivor who goes far in life, if he doesn’t it won’t be because he was denied the chance.
Below is the video Nick posted on the GoFundMe page to thank his benefactors.
h/t: Huffington Post