The panel that spoke that evening came from unique walks of life. Besides myself, there was a Mom of a gay man, a lesbian from South Umpqua High and a young man who came out at Roseburg High School over a decade ago. We shared our different experiences and insights and what it was like to survive and be happy. Perception has a heavy impact on the decisions we make every day. Most of the guest from the community had a counterfactual image given to them through media and stereotyping.

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