"Being gay used to bother me growing up. I couldn't understand why or how hate would sprout from love. I was able to overcome the way I feel by surrounding myself with strong and loving people. I grew tougher skin over the years and there is not much people can say to shake me anymore. It also helped me to focus on what is important in life, which has made me who I am today. I fear the direction our planet is taking and I'm afraid of the intentions of some of our world leaders, whose agendas are fed by greed. I try to stay hopeful that our generation can make a difference in the world of tomorrow. To me love is the bond you create with someone, loving someone for who they are regardless of race, gender, identity, religion, or sexual orientation. Love is beyond the preconceived ideas that society tries to drill in our minds."