When Edward Lobo (CO Founder of Friend Movement) called to tell me about an amazing young gay man named Michael, I was all ears. After Edward briefed me, he politely asked if I would write a piece about Michael’s story to share on the FM website. I couldn’t refuse.
While watching Michael’s video, I was moved to tears of course, but what struck me the most was his strength and courage. He did not spend any time talking about how painful it was when his father kicked him out of the house after finding out he was gay. However, Michael did say that he felt alone. I can hardly imagine at the age of fourteen how huge that void was for him.
What I love about the Universe is that it’s always conspiring to move us in a direction that will help us grow, and give us what we need. Michael ended up moving in with a friend. Still feeling alone and abandoned by his family, his friends grandmother said, “You always have a family here with us.” Sometimes the family unit we were born into, is not the family we belong to.
“So many people are in constant emotional pain simply because they won’t let go and forgive. We must not forget that trials come to make us better, not bitter. Michael has proven that to us.”
Often many people never recover when tragedy strikes. And I don’t know why some of us have the power to preserver in the worst of times. But Michael obviously has that burning flame inside of him to keep moving forward no matter what. While his father was throwing his clothes outside and saying, “Your worthless! You’re not going to succeed in life!” Michael was determined to prove him wrong. Even after his father threw a bottle towards him at an amusement park, Michael said that he has forgiven his family. This kind of compassion reminds me of what Jesus said as he was taking his final breath on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Now at the age of eighteen, Michael has set out to motivate and encourage kids his age that they too can triumph over adversity. He also hopes that others will stand up and share their personal stories as well. Thank you so much for allowing us to share a part of your life with our friends, and welcome to our Friend Movement Family. To hear Michael’s entire story go to https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=347401362135140
“We are all human and we all love the same. No matter if we are gay, straight, or whatever we are, I think we all love the same.” ~Michael