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Bailey's Story "Out of the Ashes"

Bailey's Story "Out of the Ashes"

It wasn't until seventh grade that I started to realize just how different I really was. People started to bully me because they felt like I was too feminine and emotional. Finally, I was known as "the closeted gay kid" by my peers. There were a few boys who would wait outside the lunch room every day and corral me into the handicapped stall of the boys' bathroom, and taking turns, two of them would hold me while the other slung insults at me—along with occasional punches to the stomach reminding me "You're nothing," "you're worthless," "your parents would be so ashamed if they knew who you really were"—those were the things they would say to me, and those were the things that I would carry around with me like my backpack.

Read Bailey's full story HERE.

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

"There's a lot of people who judge, and I don't want to be judged.  God is the only one who can judge me."

WATCH KEVIN AND PETRA'S SHORT FILM HERE.

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

Eli doesn't have some miraculous story of survival. But as his mother, I feel that his story is worth sharing as a means of awareness; I don't think that society as a whole understands the gifted community. So many see being gifted as something not even worth mentioning -- because he's seen as showing off -- or struggles he may have aren't taken seriously because he's "smart enough to get over it." His struggles are similar to those within the autism spectrum, but because he is NOT autistic, people (past teachers included) brush it off as misbehavior or ADHD, when, in fact, they're dealing with an under-stimulated, gifted child.

Read "The Challenging Gift HERE.