Hello, I have wanted to write for a long time and tell you how great I think one•n•ten is. Back in the early-mid 1980s I was a part of the Phoenix Gay Youth Group. It was a group that a friend of mine, Artie Michaelis, helped to form. The group met at Casa de Christo church and was primarily a discussion group. I think it is incredible a group as simple as ours gave way to a group like one•n•ten which does much more than would have ever been possible in the 1980s. Your group strikes an emotional note with me as well. LGBTQ youth today still face many obstacles, but it is much better today than it was when I was a youth. Back then if you were gay, you would either keep it a secret or put up with harassment, and often, physical harm. I am glad to see things are changing and wish your group many years of success. Thank You!
I marched with one•n•ten at Pride this year. I wanted to let you know how amazing your organization is. When I came into the building and saw so many LGBTQ youths excited to be participating in the parade it was heartwarming. I am 23 years old and really wish I would have known about one•n•ten when I was younger. I had a very difficult time coming out because I am a former orthodox Jew, and homosexuality is not tolerated. I had very recently accidentally been outed by someone at my synagogue who I thought was a trustworthy friend, and am no longer accepted in my former community. It has been a struggle to become comfortable with my sexual identity and I have to say that marching in the Pride parade with one•n•ten was one of the very best experiences of my life. After being shunned by my community and losing people dear to me because of their intolerance, it was so beautiful and overwhelming to feel so much celebration for something I had a such a hard time loving about in myself. I feel silly admitting this, but I could not cheer with the group because I was so choked up that I couldn't even speak. I have never before in my life cried out of joy until I heard the parade-goers cheer in support. I guess the point of this long message is to let you know how much of a difference one•n•ten can make, and how important what you are doing really is.