Dear gay child, there is nothing wrong with you, you are perfect...
This is a weird, funny story I thought I'd share and seeing as it's #PRIDE month overseas, I think it makes perfect sense. Last week I received a DM from @just_asc to meet for coffee. I had no idea why this person wanted to meet me for coffee, so I asked what was the agenda for this meeting and then this followed. To be honest, I vaguely remember him, but perhaps my subconscious had deleted those parts of my life.
I went to an all boys primary school and you can imagine how painful that could have been for a flamboyant little gay like me. I was always the odd one out, the last boy to be picked for soccer and the little kid who was bullied by almost the whole school. I think this is why I was so passionate about my version of NOH8 South Africa and creating the Push Purple Anti Bullying campaign. Luckily I was strong enough and managed to deal with the hate, perhaps there was just so much love at home. Whatever, I am lucky; a lot of children get sick, depressed and even commit suicide.
So I found this note from my old bully really inspiring and motivating. He realised, when growing up that what he did was wrong and he tried to apologize (apparently he tried a few years ago, at one of my extravagant birthdays, but I was to busy being Mika Stefano) He said that he has been meaning to apologize and say sorry for his actions for many years. He continued to say he he himself as a child was going through a lot at home and it was a way of him venting.
I really appreciate his message and I actually did meet with him after many years of not seeing each other. I thought it be best to invite him to one of my SWEAT 1000 classes, so I could bully him a bit..lol.. (swipe left to see us now)
I wanted to share this story so all my gay followers can remember there is nothing wrong with them. If you have had someone bully you, it's often because they have their own issues. People hate because they don't understand, peer pressure or they have their own insecurities. I applaud and thank Sergio for being brave enough to apologize and take responsibility for the hurt he put me through. Thank you @just_asc