message for current and former homeless LGBTQ youth struggling this weekend:

You are not alone. Let me repeat that again. You are not alone. This is a rough day for most of us. Mother’s day is a time when society tells us that we should feel ashamed of who we are because our family doesn’t look this iconic image of what family “should” be. Take care of yourself today. I suggest staying away from television and radio (they will just be full of ads that will make you feel worse), go to the park, take yourself to a movie, take a bath, write a story, talk to a friend, or counselor, or hotline, eat cupcakes, draw pictures, workout.  Essentially make time even if it’s just five or ten minutes to honor that this is a rough weekend and that you deserve to do something that makes you feel good about who you are, and remember that you’re not alone. There are thousands of us for whom today is rough.