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How have you overcome barriers or difficulties in your life?

There have been two sides to overcoming barriers I’ve faced: self-determination and the support of others. No one else can fix my problems for me, but at the same time I can’t move forward without the help and support of the people I love in my life. Trusting myself and trusting others has helped me move ahead when things get difficult.

We talk about LGBT people thriving and living full lives. What does thriving mean to you?

Thriving means having self esteem and knowing you’ll be able to overcome barriers in your path. It means being satisfied with where you’re at and hopeful about where you’re going. When you’re thriving, you’re grateful for the good things in life and strong enough to face the tough things.