LGBTQ Inclusivity: Joey's Story
When reaching puberty at the age of 12, Joey was coming to the realization that that he was gay.
Within his school and community, Joey felt that he was the on gay teenager. This terrified him. He
confided in a “friend” who soon spread the word around school. Joey became the target of
bullying and ridicule. Then it happened at home. His father could not accept that his son was gay
and abandoned the family. Soon after, his mother abandoned him as well leaving him to live with
his “unaccepting” grandparents. He was alone in the world. The only way out, so he thought, was
to take his own life. This is Joey’s heartbreaking story.