I’m 19 years old. I’m gay. In junior high, I barely knew who I was, but people who had even less of an idea of who I was than I did thought it was okay to judge and harass me. It got better. It got better because my friends were there for me. It gets better if we’re there for each other in the moment and we realize that someone who seems so different on the outside is, on the inside, just like us. Today I am more confident in my dreams to be a country music singer-songwriter. Chely Wright is an inspiration.