My road trip.
Living 25 years of my life as a closeted gay man, I was pretty good at putting up walls, mastering human behavior, and blaming everything outside of myself for my personal unhappiness.
I’ve always had a passion for wanting to help others and change the world. I think it was something that I unconsciously developed from the desire to change myself. I spent the majority of my professional career working in non-profit organizations trying to make a difference in the lives of others, not realizing I wanted to make a difference in my own life.
In 2008, I moved to Los Angeles to work for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). After coming out of the closet, I had this deep drive of making a difference in the gay community’s vision of equality. It became my mission to change the stereotypes people had of the gay and lesbian community.
Since my move to L.A., I’ve either worked for or volunteered with most of the local and national LGBT organizations: OUTFEST, Equality CA, the Trevor Project, APLA, LifeWorks, GLEH, and the LGBT Center. I’ve also worked at a gay PR agency and in West Hollywood at one of the largest gay bars in the world, which is the equivalent of grad school for human psychosocial behaviors.
They say hindsight is 20/20 and what I realized is that my fight to change everyone’s mind about the LGBT community was actually an internal fight I was experiencing with myself, one that ultimately led me to connecting with my life’s purpose.
What got me to where I am today is my personal journey - my road trip to love - and what I’ve been so closely a part of over the past decade. I think it’s amazing how far the LGBT community has come with equal rights and marriage equality, and having the vantage point I’ve had, I’ve seen that there’s still so much work to be done around self-love, forgiveness, and internalized homophobia.
I believe that reconnecting with our spirituality (or finding it for the first time), loving ourselves, and taking full responsibility for our lives and our choices is where our strength lies at the deepest level of the LGBT movement.
My mission on A Road Trip to Love:
to help others connect to their purpose and learn how to truly love and accept
themselves in order to live happier, healthier, and more peace-filled lives.
My ultimate mission:
to help heal homophobia.
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