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Rock Your Shine: After you’ve been cracked wide open

Dec 1, 2021

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.


This month, I wanted to share stories of young people who identify as bi-racial and gay and to hear about their experiences growing up in a world that may not always be so understanding. 


The first episode in this series is with Patrick, a 4th year business major at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He grew up in Auburn, Maine and was a big part of the BLM movement and has continued his advocacy work for the LGBTQ+ community.


Listen in as we talk about:

  • The complexity of having a racist grandfather and a homophobic father 
  • How Patrick knew he was gay
  • His deep fear of coming out to his parents
  • How Patrick’s aggression and isolation manifested into anger
  • The challenges Patrick continues to face as a bi-racial young man
  • Why neither the white nor black community fully accepts him


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