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Joshua's Journey

A site for LGBT youth and our allies.

Joshua's Journey

A site for LGBT youth and our allies.

Human Dignity + Compassion = PEACE

Hello and welcome to my website! This is a place where I write about things in general such as my life, my interests, my beliefs, my family, my friends, and about any and all topics of interest. I enjoy life, love, and people so there will be topics devoted to this as well. I am also gay and very proud of it so a majority of my website and its topics will be devoted to this topic. I truly believe that we are all born who we are and that our sexuality is not a choice. I know that I was born gay and that I did not choose to be gay. I also believe that no matter what our sexuality is we are all just being ourselves which is always a wonderful thing to be. We are all unique individuals and that is what helps make this world such a beautiful and diverse place. ~ Joshua

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 Most Recent Postings

                                                           July 22, 2014


07/22/14 Many of you have been asking for further information requesting how to be more involved in the campaign to prevent and stop the bullying of other LGBT youth. There are quite a few wonderful organizations that specifically provide wonderful information regarding this topic. 


One of the best organizations regarding this topic is "Stop Bullying". This site provides excellent information on how someone can be more involved in stopping the bullying of LGBT youth as well as any individual that faces bullying.


Another great site is "Pacer". Their site provides excellent information regarding the topic of bullying and how someone can become involved to help prevent and stop bullying. Their site contains valuable resources in regards to the issue of bullying and has excellent sources of help available regarding this issue. ~ Joshua



http://www.stopbullying.gov/


http://www.pacer.org/bullying/


"With ignorance comes fear - from fear comes bigotry. Education is the key to acceptance" ~ Kathleen Patel


                                  July 19, 2014

07/19/14 Hello everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone that attended my TrevorSpace group this past Thursday! The turnout was awesome and I thank all of you for your wonderful participation! I also thank everyone for all of their positive comments and feedback regarding the movie and the presentation.

I have to work today and I hate working weekends! But I love my job and working with the mammals so I can't complain too much. It wouldn't help if I did anyways :P. James and Adam are coming with me to enjoy the day so it shouldn't be too bad knowing they are going to be there too.

Adam has settled in comfortably and acts as though he is a native of San Diego :P. I'm really glad that he has settled in so quickly and it's wonderful having him here with us! Have a beautiful day everyone and please always remember to be the person that you are and be proud of who you are! ~ Joshua

                                       July 15, 2014

07/15/14 Good morning everyone! Adam arrived safely on Saturday and it is so wonderful having him here! I really missed him a lot and it is awesome that he is living with James and I now! He has settled in comfortably and has already fallen in love with San Diego. We have spent the past couple of days showing him a few of our favorite places that we love to hang out at. Mainly the beach so far :P. It will be a very busy week showing him some of the other places we go to a lot and some of the sites here. But I will try and update again as soon as possible.

My TrevorSpace group will meet Thursday night at the designated time and I look forward to seeing all of you there! We will be showing a special movie presentation that I'm sure everyone will enjoy! My part-time seasonal summer job is going along extremely well and I love working there! I uploaded some videos of some of the mammals for everyone to see. Have a beautiful day everyone and always be proud of who you are! ~ Joshua

                                                   July 10, 2014

07/10/14 Hello everyone! James and I and a couple of our friends are going to Knott's Berry Farm to spend the day there which should be really fun and exciting!  This will be the first opportunity to visit there since moving here and I am really excited! I will take some pictures and videos and upload them for everyone to see.

Adam is flying in on Saturday to live with James and I and I am so very excited! I have talked to him and Skyped with him almost every day since moving here, but I have still missed him so much! It will be wonderful to have him living with us and I just want to publicly thank his parents for allowing him to move here!

We are leaving to Knott's Berry Farm now so I will update again as soon as possible. Have a beautiful day everyone and remember to always be proud of who you are and do not change for anyone! ~ Joshua

                                              July 06, 2014

07/06/14 Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Fourth of July! James and I and some of our friends had a great time! We spent the day having a barbecue and then going to the beach to swim. After that we watched the fireworks display which was awesome! I uploaded a couple of new videos from our Fourth of July celebration. I am really interested in your comments and feedback regarding the second video :P. Once you see my facial expressions and the context of the video you will understand :P.

My TrevorSpace group will meet tonight at the designated time and I look forward to seeing everyone there! Have a great day and I will see you tonight! ~ Joshua

                                 July 02, 2014

07/02/14 Hello everyone! I just wanted to make a quick update to let everyone know that I am alright and things are going extremely well. I have been receiving a lot of messages of concern but I promise you everything is alright. I'm truly sorry I have been a little slow in my updates and responses but I have just been really busy and enjoying my summer break.

James and I have been enjoying our vacation and we are having a wonderful time! The most important news as of this moment is now that Adam has graduated High School, he will be moving here and living with James and I! It took some convincing on my part to let his parents agree to this but they finally said yes! Even though we talk to each other almost everyday on Skype I have missed him so much. It will be wonderful having him here and living with us! 

Have a beautiful day everyone and I will update again as soon as possible! ~ Joshus

                                                  June 23, 2014

06/23/14 Good morning everyone! I am truly sorry I haven't updated for awhile. I have been extremely busy lately and a lot has been taking place in my life. There have been quite a few events taking place that I would like to catch you up on since everyone has been sending messages requesting this. The Spring Quarter at college ended on June 13, 2014 and right now I am enjoying my summer break. I already miss the daily routine of going to classes but as most of you know I love school and I am just a nerd that way :P.

James and I traveled down to Tijuana for the weekend after the Spring Quarter ended and we had such a wonderful time! It was the first time we have been to Mexico and to be honest I was a little nervous and apprehensive about going at first. But we both had a marvelous time and everyone I met was so friendly and helpful. I am in the process of uploading some of the videos and pictures we took to the Members area as of this moment. 

James and I also bought a new bedroom set for our master bedroom which is very beautiful if I do say so myself :). I will show it to everyone on our next TrevorSpace meeting. Speaking of that, the next meeting will be this Wednesday at the designated time and I look forward to seeing everyone there! There will be a special surprise movie presentation and my webcam will be on the entire time so please have yours on too.

James and I have been progressing very well in our surfing lessons too. James really has become so wonderful at surfing and he is doing so well. He also looks very sexy in his wetsuit ;). We have been spending a lot of our time at the beach and as most of you know I love swimming and being at the beach is one of my most favorite places to be.

We are going to one of our friend's houses today for a pool party, dinner, and get-together. It is planned as sort of a pre Fourth of July celebration. I will update again as soon as possible and I look forward to seeing all of you Wednesday night! Have a beautiful day and week everyone! ~ Joshua

Happy



Father's



Day!

 

                                                               June 15, 2014


Wishing my dad and everyone a very Happy Father's Day!

                             June 10, 2014

06/10/14 Good morning everyone! I am truly sorry that my updates have not been as frequent as usual this past week. I have my final exams all this week so I have just been extremely busy with all of those. Please be patient and I will update as much as I can during this week. Also, please be patient with all of your messages and requests. I am responding to all of them as fast as I possibly can.

I want to quickly thank everyone that attended my TrevorSpace group this past Saturday. It was a wonderful turnout and I really appreciate all of your participation and wonderful comments. I sincerely thank those of you for saying how beautiful our apartment is as well. James and I spent a lot of time, not to mention expense, furnishing it and decorating it as we did. I also thank all of you for your positive comments regarding the video I uploaded to the "Members Only" area. I was able to perform that musical selection in one take even though James was trying to be silly at the time. I'm sure you noticed that it was difficult to keep a straight face. Hey! How can I ever keep a "straight" face when I am gay! Just being silly everyone! :P. Have a beautiful day and I will update again as soon as possible! ~ Joshua

      

 

        

  CELEBRATE  

 

 

 

 

       GAY 

 

 

 

 

     PRIDE!

 

 

 

 

 

                                                           June 05, 2014


06/05/14 This time of year numerous communities throughout the country as well as the world celebrate gay pride with gay pride fests and events in June and July.  Gay Pride Fest is where individuals of all sexualities can come together, celebrate their sexuality, and be who they are. The majority of the people that I know will be in attendance no matter what their sexuality is: gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, autosexual, polysexual, demisexual, or any other sexuality. Along with the majority of my friends my boyfriend and I will also be attending Gay Pride Fest. 


Gay pride and being proud of the person that you are is something that should be celebrated all year long. But it is at this time of year that the opportunity presents itself more so than ever to everyone. My boyfriend and I attended our first gay pride fest two years ago in St. Louis and it was an amazing and wonderful time. We are looking forward to attending Gay Pride Fest here in San Diego. If your community is having a gay pride fest or event I highly recommend that you attend. It is a wonderful opportunity for all sexualities to come together and celebrate gay pride, our diversities, our differences, and our similarities. It is a wonderful time to be who you are no matter what your sexuality and to share this experience with people of all sexualities, races, nationalities, and cultures. Have pride in who you are no matter what your sexuality is and celebrate your sexuality no matter what it is all of the time! ~ Joshua

June 01, 2014



Go


Barefoot


Day!

06/01/14 Traditionally today is recognized as Barefoot Day in many locations. It is a day to help support a wonderful cause by the organization Souls4Souls. This organization helps those that are less fortunate by collecting shoes and clothing and donating them to those in need. Please click on the button below to be taken to their website to learn more about their organization.

It is also a day just to celebrate and have the opportunity to take off your shoes and go barefoot and show off your bare feet.  Enjoy today and go barefoot and show off your feet! ~ Joshua

Please also remember that Barefoot Sunday takes place July 27, 2014 as well as every Sunday in July and help support Souls4Soles if you possibly can. 

Get up and dance and have fun with "Barefootin" by Robert Parker!

                                      May 30, 2014

05/30/14 Happy weekend everyone! This week went by extremely fast and there have been wonderful moments and horrible moments. My aunt passed away on Tuesday and I have been really depressed and upset about that. We were extremely close so it has been difficult. Everything else is going extremely well though. College is going wonderfully and it is hard to believe that the last day of classes for this quarter is already starting to approach. James and I have been very involved and busy with many activities during this past week and we have enjoyed all of them. James is becoming very proficient in his surfing abilities and has taken to it like a natural. I really think it's wonderful how quickly he is becoming skilled at it even though I am still much better :P. Just being silly my love! :D. 

Have a beautiful day everyone and I will update again as soon as I possibly can! ~ Joshua

                                            May 28, 2014

05/28/14 Good morning everyone! For those of you that celebrate it, I hope you had the best Memorial Day weekend ever! James and I and some of our friends had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I will upload some pictures and videos I took of our time at the zoo and at the concert tonight when I have time. I am running a little behind schedule right now and I have to get ready to leave to college. But I just wanted to say that my TrevorSpace group will meet tonight at the designated time and I look forward to seeing all of you there! Have a beautiful day and I will see you tonight! ~ Joshua 


Happy




Memorial




Day!

May 26, 2014

05/26/14 Happy Memorial Day everyone! Please take the time to honor and remember those that lost their lives serving in our country's armed forces. 

05/26/14 James and I and some of our friends went to the San Diego zoo on Saturday. We all had a wonderful time and it was a beautiful experience! The zoo here is amazing and if you ever have the opportunity to visit it I highly recommend it. Yesterday we went to one of our friend's houses and had a barbecue and spent the majority of the day on the beach and swimming. Today James, myself, and some of our friends are going to Coronado to spend the day and partake in the outdoor concert tonight.

Whatever your plans are for this Memorial Day please have fun and be safe!
~ Joshua

                                                   May 23, 2014

05/23/14 Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and for those of you that celebrate Memorial Day I wish all of you a very wonderful and safe weekend! Whatever your plans may be for this weekend make it a very safe and enjoyable time. James and I along with some of our friends will be going to the San Diego zoo tomorrow and I am very excited about that! It will be the first opportunity I have been able to go there since moving here. And most of you know I am working on my degree in DVM because of my love and passion for animals so I am really looking forward to going to the zoo! 

I want to thank everyone that attended my TrevorSpace group last night. It was a wonderful turnout and I really appreciate your participation and how involved everyone was. I also want to thank all of you for your wonderful compliments regarding the video tour of our apartment. It took a lot of time and effort, not to mention expense, to furnish it the way James and I wanted. I was amazed at how many of you sent me messages saying how spacious and beautiful it is and I really appreciate all of your kind words! I also want to thank everyone for such wonderful remarks regarding the song Adam and I performed last night. It really means a lot to me and touches my heart!

I will update again as soon as possible and I want to wish all of you again a very safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend! ~ Joshua

                                                   May 21, 2014

05/21/14 Good morning everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their positive messages and feedback regarding the new video I uploaded to the "Members" area! Adam and I worked very hard on learning that song for you since so many people requested it. James was being a dork during the recording of it so it was difficult to keep a straight face during the performance. I am sure you noticed that by my facial expressions in the video :P. 

I also want to thank everyone for all of their wonderful suggestions as to the content you want to see on my "This 'N That" page. I will start adding the suggested content as soon as I possibly can. Have a beautiful day everyone and I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow during my TrevorSpace group meeting! ~ Joshua


May 11, 2014





Ban


Conversion 


Therapy


05/11/14 I am very active and involved with the "It Gets Better Project". I received an email on Thursday and a phone call on Friday regarding the so-called "conversion therapy". This is a very dangerous, harmful, and detrimental process that foolishly attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The "It Gets Better Project" in association with the NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights) have joined forces to educate lawmakers, advocates, and the general public that conversion therapy is harmful and must be banned to protect the well being of LGBT youth. If you or a loved one has been subjected to conversion therapy, the link below is a place to share your story. It has been proven that first-hand experiences in California and New Jersey have led to successful campaigns which makes the ultimate difference in ending this outrageous and harmful conversion therapy. Please share your story and together let's put an end to conversion therapy. ~ Joshua 



Happy



Mother's



Day!

 Happy Mother's Day!
Today is Mother's Day! I want to wish my mom a very special, wonderful, and Happy Mother's Day! I also want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there and I hope it is a special and wonderful day for all of you! ~ Joshua

                                May 09, 2014

05/09/14 Happy weekend everyone! Can you believe how fast this week went?! This week was extremely fast for me and it is hard to believe it's the weekend already! I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe weekend! My TrevorSpace group will take place tonight at the designated time and I look forward to seeing everyone there! There will be a special presentation about Mother's Day with a short movie shown and a lot of wonderful surprises too. If you haven't already done so, please make sure you are registered for the drawing being held tonight. The winner will have their choice of any of the listed prizes. Adam will also be joining me in performing a special song live on webcam for everyone. 

I also just uploaded a new video tour of our apartment as requested and I look forward to your comments regarding it. Have a beautiful day everyone and I look forward to seeing all of you tonight! ~ Joshua

                                         May 03, 2014

05/03/14 Happy weekend everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe weekend! My parents and brother flew in last night and they are spending the weekend here for a visit. It is wonderful to see them and have them here! They also brought my cat Shadow with them and I am so very happy to be reunited with her! I really missed her since I moved here and I was so worried about her being on that long flight but she is alright and safe! 

I uploaded the new video that was requested to the "Members Only" section and I really hope you enjoy viewing it! I'm sorry in advance for my laughing at what may seem like inappropriate moments but James was being silly and was making me laugh as I was recording it :P.

I am not sure of my exact schedule for today as of yet with my parents and brother being here but my TrevorSpace group will meet tonight at the designated time. If I am unable to host it Adam will be in charge. Please plan on attending and I hope to see everyone there! Have a beautiful day and weekend everyone! ~ Joshua



Happy



Easter



Everyone!




04/20/14 Happy Easter everyone! Just wishing you and yours a very happy Easter! For those of you that celebrate this holiday make it the best Easter ever and enjoy the day! 
~ Joshua

                             April 6, 2014

04/06/14 A lot of you have been asking how to actively stay involved and receive support now that the school year is over or almost over in many communities. The Gay-Straight Alliance in many communities remains active even when the school year is over. In addition, many communities have a LGBT club. Both of these are great places to remain involved with and to receive support from other LGBT youth and our allies. I have provided links below to help you locate the closest Gay-Straight Alliance and LGBT club in your area. If you need sources of additional support or further information please contact me and I am always glad to help in any way possible. ~ Joshua

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                                March 20, 2014

             San Diego!

James and I made it safely to San Diego! It was a long but beautiful drive from Arizona to here and we are both so very glad we decided to drive! It gave us the opportunity to see many beautiful sights along the way which we will both always treasure! Today will be an extremely busy day for us. We have to meet with property management in a couple of hours to receive the keys to our apartment and the movers are scheduled to arrive this afternoon with our furniture and everything. The weekend will be quite busy too organizing our apartment and buying the things we will need. I will also be busy preparing for the Spring Quarter at college. But I will update and keep you informed as much as I possibly can during this very busy but wonderful time in my life. I want to thank everyone for all of your best wishes during our long journey across America and they all touched my heart! Have a beautiful day everyone and I will update again as soon as possible! ~ Joshua

                                March 18, 2014

03/18/14 Arizona is beautiful! James, his relatives, and I had such a wonderful time seeing the Grand Canyon yesterday! If you have not seen it yet and ever have the opportunity I highly suggest it. I took a lot of pictures and some of them are below. I also took some videos and I have uploaded some of them to the "Members Only" section. Please do not laugh at me in the third video, but I am afraid of heights :P. James was being silly and my fear of heights shows by the expression on my face in that video :P. 

We will be leaving on our third and final part of our journey which is from here to San Diego first thing tomorrow morning. I will try and update again as soon as I possibly can. I sincerely appreciate all of the best wishes I have received from everyone and I am replying to all of them as fast as I can. Please be patient until I am able to reply to everyone. I want to thank everyone that has expressed concern for my medical conditions as well. I want to assure everyone that I am alright and taking care of myself and James is making sure that all my medical requirements are being met. Have a beautiful day everyone! ~ Joshua

The Grand Canyon! 03/17/14

  • Leaving Denver!
    Leaving Denver!
  • Downhill...weeeee!
    Downhill...weeeee!
  • Arizona!
    Arizona!
  • It's a canyon and it's grand! Hence, the Grand Canyon!
    It's a canyon and it's grand! Hence, the Grand Canyon!
  • So beautiful and majestic!
    So beautiful and majestic!
  • Absolutely amazing view!
    Absolutely amazing view!
  • Truly breathtaking!
    Truly breathtaking!
  • It really is so beautiful and amazing!
    It really is so beautiful and amazing!
Leaving Denver!
Leaving Denver!

                                March 14, 2014
03/14/14 We made it safely to Colorado! It was a long first part of our journey but it was wonderful seeing the sites along the way. We are staying with one of my relatives for two days and then we will begin the second part of our journey which is Denver, CO to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It was 850 miles to drive here but we are having a wonderful time and we are extremely happy we took this opportunity to drive. We took quite a few pictures and videos and I will upload them as soon as possible. I uploaded a few which are available below. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and I will update again as soon as possible! ~ Joshua

Arrival at Denver, CO!        Rocky Mountain National Park

            03/14/14                                  03/15/14

  • Pretty sky!
    Pretty sky!
  • A long road ahead!
    A long road ahead!
  • The long and winding road!
    The long and winding road!
  • Should I exit or go straight? Wait! I will never go straight! ;)
    Should I exit or go straight? Wait! I will never go straight! ;)
  • Mountains!
    Mountains!
  • More mountains!
    More mountains!
  • Even more mountains!
    Even more mountains!
  • Denver! Rocky mountain high! Colorado!
    Denver! Rocky mountain high! Colorado!
  • Let's go see those mountains!
    Let's go see those mountains!
  • Which one should we climb?!
    Which one should we climb?!
  • Very beautiful!
    Very beautiful!
  • Almost to the top!
    Almost to the top!
  • Can you spot the mountain goat?
    Can you spot the mountain goat?
  • Such a beautiful spot!
    Such a beautiful spot!
  • So very relaxing, peaceful, and beautiful!
    So very relaxing, peaceful, and beautiful!
Let's go see those mountains!
Let's go see those mountains!

Follow our route below:

St. Louis, MO to Denver, CO         Denver, Co to Grand Canyon, AZ

St. Louis, MO to Denver, CO
Denver, CO to Grand Canyon, AZ

Grand Canyon, AZ to San Diego, CA

Grand Canyon, AZ to San Diego, CA

St. Louis, MO to San Diego, CA: A 2063 mile journey!

                                      March 02, 2014

03/02/14 Welcome to my Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences night! Better known as Oscar night! For those of you attending please log into the "Members Only" section and be prepared for a wonderful night at the Oscars! We will all watch it together on webcams and there will be a lot of fun, surprises, and activities! I have received all of your nominees forms for your picks in the categories. The individual that correctly picked the most correct of the nominees in all categories will receive their choice of the listed prizes. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to a wonderful time together on Oscar night! ~ Joshua

                              February 18, 2014

02/18/14 A close personal friend of mine relayed to me today that he is having some difficulty being gay and still being in the closet. It can be such a difficult time and someone still in the closet can sometimes be overcome with overwhelming feelings. The pressures on gay teens can be very troublesome at times. Keeping secrets, telling lies, and denying things sometimes to those closest to you. Please just remember that everyone is special and worth being loved and cared for just as they are. There is no rush in coming out of the closet. This is something that each individual needs to carefully decide as to when to do this. But for those of you still in the closet, just know that you are loved and cared about and should be accepted just as you are. For the person that you are. Never let anyone convince you otherwise. ~ Joshua

                                                        February 07, 2014


02/07/14 Matt passed away yesterday and I feel so lost and devastated. We were at the hospital visiting him earlier in the day and he seemed his usual positive and upbeat self. His mom called me at 2:30am and told me what happened. I will always love you Matt and you will never be forgotten. ♥ ~ Joshua

Until We Meet Again, Rest In Peace

                                             Every End is a New Beginning


01/ 28/14 Every end is always a new beginning. I want to sincerely thank everyone that was there for me during my two weeks in the hospital. All of you that visited me and sent me messages of love and support touches my heart. I have received a lot of messages regarding what happened and I am in the process of responding to all of them. I want to assure everyone now though that my surgery was successful and I am on the path to a full recovery. For those of you that were and are there for me, I thank you with all my heart. I thought there would be one person always there for me but as it turns out, this in not the situation. He always promised me he would always be there for me and he is the last person on the face of this Earth I thought would lie to me and break a promise to me. People are sometimes very difficult to understand but he made his choice and decision and now I must make mine. 


                                            Every End is a New Beginning


I am required by my doctors to take it relatively easy for the next week or two. I will then have some medical tests that I must undergo to make sure I am completely healed and recovered from my surgery. I will then be embarking on a new beginning. This new beginning will be my move to another state for college and to pursue my degree in obtaining my DVM. I really thought the aforementioned person would be a part of this journey with me. But people are sometimes very difficult to understand. He made his choice and decision and now I am making mine.


                                          Every End is a New Beginning


My boyfriend James, my parents, my friends, and a lot of you that are members recommended that I inform the aforementioned person that anything we shared is now over. I sent him an email for closure two days ago and tonight I sent him an email saying goodbye. I am really glad I did because now I have closure and peace of mind. The aforementioned person lied to me on numerous occasions and argued and always wanted to fight on numerous occasions. He made comments that were extremely cruel, hateful, and mean-spirited. Things that could only be said by someone that really does not love me, care about me, or has any concern for me. I should have listened to everyone sooner and I should have seen the warning signs. He made his choice and decision and now I have made mine.


                                        Every End is a New Beginning


My boyfriend James and I can now concentrate fully on our relationship and the true unconditional love we share with each other without interference from the aforementioned person. I should have listened to my boyfriend from the very beginning and never let the aforementioned person come into my life to the extent that he did. Fortunately James is the most loving and caring guy and he understands things sometimes happen. I am forever thankful that James stayed with me and by my side the entire time. James and I will be moving soon to another state and living together and spending our lives together. James is the love of my life, my boyfriend, my soulmate, and my future husband. He is everything to me and I will never let anyone interfere with our love again. The aforementioned person taught me this valuable lesson. He made his choice and decision and I have now made mine and I am happy and at peace knowing I am with the true love of my life, my most beautiful James!



Happy Hew Year Everyone!

01/03/14 Happy New Year! I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I sincerely hope everyone had a very wonderful, beautiful, and safe Holiday Season and that you have a very safe and wonderful New Year! Please take a moment to reflect on all of the things that you personally experienced this past year and look forward to all of your experiences this year. Face each and every moment, no matter what it is, with a positive outlook and with gratitude and thanks. Always be proud of who you are because you are just being yourself which is always a wonderful thing to be! ~ Joshua




Honor



Christmas



All Year!

December 26, 2013

12/26/13 "I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future! The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be praised for this. I say it on my knees, old Jacob, on my knees!" ~ Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.


Merry



Christmas



Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013

12/25/13 From our home to yours I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love"

 

  

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                                                     December 11, 2013

 

12/11/13 There are numerous ways in which love and support of of LGBT youth can be expressed. One of these ways is through a Gay-Straight Alliance. Other LGBT youth may want and need the extra support of someone and a way to reach out to others when needed. One of the best ways to find support and to talk with someone that understands what you may be thinking and feeling is through a Gay-Straight Alliance. I was very involved with the Gay-Straight Alliance at my school and always found it to be a wonderful place for support and to make new friends that understood what I was thinking and feeling.

 

A Gay-Straight Alliance at your school is a wonderful place to receive any support you may need and to find someone to talk to. It is a place to empower other LGBT and our allies in the fight against homophobia. If your school has a Gay-Straight Alliance I highly recommend that you join it no matter what your sexuality is. If your school does not have one, please seriously consider starting one. The link provided will give you all the information you need to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school. ~ Joshua

 

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                Empower yourself and always be proud of who you are!




          Happy


     Thanksgiving!

                                                                            November 25, 2013


11/25/13 As Thanksgiving is fast approaching I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! This is a time to express gratitude and to be thankful for our many blessings. This holiday in the United States commemorates and celebrates a harvest festival by the pilgrims in 1621 and is a time for family, relatives, and loved ones to get together and mark this occasion and to be thankful for their many blessings.


Even if you do not celebrate this holiday it is a wonderful time and opportunity to reflect upon all of the things each one of us has to be thankful for. We all have something we are thankful for and whatever it is that you may be personally thankful for take this opportunity to give thanks and express gratitude. I sincerely wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful holiday! ~ Joshua

               PLEASE


                   BE


               PROUD


                   OF


         WHO YOU ARE!

                                                            August 11, 2013

08/11/13 I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far! My weekend is going well although it has been very involving. There are so many things I am involved with at the moment and one of them is my preparations for my upcoming move. This process has been very time-consuming and there are just so many things to do as I prepare to move to a different state for college. This entails things that are major to the small details. One of these small details was accomplished yesterday. My dad wanted me to have a new set of luggage so he took me to one of the local malls yesterday to purchase a new set even though I really didn't need one. The luggage I already had was perfectly fine, almost brand new and only a year old, but my dad insisted. That's just the way he is. But in the process I was able to purchase some other things and he treated me to a nice dinner out :). 

While we were at the mall yesterday we decided to have a quick snack in the food court. This is an area in the mall that a lot of other teenagers "hang-out" and socialize. I noticed there were two guys sitting at a table located not very far from us. They were both openly gay as they were hugging each other and kissing each other. I would estimate they were both in their very early twenties. Two other guys walked past them and said a very derogatory word in a very loud manner. I will not use that word on my site but it is very offensive to most gay people. I was completely shocked when I heard this and by the expressions on the faces of the two guys it was obvious they were too. It was also obvious by their expressions they both were hurt by this comment.

I am the type of person that usually stands up for what I believe in and I just couldn't sit there and watch something like this happen. I approached the guys that made this derogatory comment and said to them "why does it matter to you what their sexuality is"? One of them responded "are you a ****** too"? I said "yes and I am very proud of it". I further explained to them that a person's sexuality, no matter what sexuality, is something we are born with and is something to be proud of. I explained to them that it shouldn't matter to them or anyone else what a person's sexuality is because love is love no matter what. 

After my explanations, these two guys actually apologized to me as well as the other two guys that were at the table and walked away. While I may not necessarily condone having a direct confrontation with someone as I did, I do believe that we need to stop and prevent any type of bullying or verbal abuse of any type. If you witness any type of bullying or verbal abuse, please do what you can to stop it and prevent it. As a society we need to have respect for each other no matter what our sexuality or any other differences might be. And please always be proud of who you are! ~ Joshua

                                CELEBRATE!  EMBRACE!  LOVE!  PRIDE!


                                                         August 07, 2013

08/07/13 I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! My week has been extremely busy but very enjoyable so far. My parents, brother, James, and I spent the night visiting with some of my relatives that live in a different city. We are having a wonderful time and it is a great opportunity for me to see a lot of my relatives that I probably will not have the opportunity to see again for quite awhile after my move. It is difficult preparing for my move and saying good bye to everyone. But at the same time I know I will be able to see them when I come back for breaks and Holidays.

I have posted the requested content in the "Members Only" page and I look forward to your feedback regarding it. My TrevorSpace group scheduled for today will take place at the designated time and I look forward to as many of you as possible attending. I want to thank Steve for helping me with the last group and a special thank you to Shane for your participation last time. The information you provided was extremely helpful to everyone! Have a beautiful day everyone and I will update again soon! ~ Joshua

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I will do my best to respond to all questions and comments as soon as possible. ~ Joshua

 

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           May 11, 2014

05/11/14 History was made yesterday as the NFL's first openly gay player was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in a phone call Saturday, May 10, 2014. This is not only a historic moment for the NFL but for all LGBT everywhere. 

I am extremely proud that my hometown team of the St. Louis Rams made this decision and I am proud that St. Louis shows this kind of support for LGBT. I wish you the very best Michael Sam and thank you to the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis! ~ Joshua