“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”
1.Why we’re here
Too many times lesbian, gay, bi, trans and questioning
(LGBTQ) youth hear hate-filled messages in the media telling us that we are “damned” or worth less than our straight peers because of our “sin” – because of our “choice.”
These messages are hard enough to block out when you are comfortable with who you are. Imagine how damaging they can be to youth who are just starting to figure out who they are attracted to or how they want to express their gender?
Here at Born Like This, we know our sexual orientation and gender expression is no more a choice than our height or shoe size. We are determined to make enough noise to drown out all the voices of people who tell our youth otherwise.
2. Who we exist for
Born Like This is a safe space created for youth, by youth.
We exist for those who, like ourselves, openly identify as members of the LGBTQ community and realize they were born like this – whatever their personal “this” might be.
More importantly, we exist for those who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity and are struggling to get to that point of personal acceptance and love.
We welcome stories from celebrities and other adults who have relevant life experiences that contribute to our goals of education and our desire to represent a wide spectrum of individuals from different walks of life.
We also want to serve as a resource for parents whose child might be LGBTQ, so that they can have a greater understanding and sensitivity towards issues facing our community.
3.What we’re about
Born Like This is not just a phrase. It’s a thought revolution. We want to change the way society views members of the LGBTQ community. We want to change the way youth view themselves.
This is not about growing up. This is about growing into your skin. This is not about coming out. This is about coming into your own.
The goal of this website is to act as a virtual time capsule of sorts, gathering not only news, but also as many stories and personal accounts as possible. Our hope is to inspire dialogue and demonstrate that there are as many expressions of identity and sexual orientation as there are people in the world – not just the limited and stereotypical representations we see on television.
Our mission is to empower LGBTQ youth and help those struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity to understand one thing:
That they were, say it with me now,
Born like this.
Three small words. One big impact.
The “Born Like This” team