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Hi my name is Shyla. I grew up in a small town in Idaho where being gay was not okay especially since about 80% of the people in my town were LDS. Growing up, I hid the fact that I was gay. I was a cheerleader. I dated men and I hated my life because I couldn't truly be myself; my self-worth was very low. I just wanted to say thank you to one•n•ten for creating a place where kids can grow up happy being who they want to be.
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!