Dipolelo Tsa Rona: Yesterday I Cried!

“What struck me most about the support group was not the sexual orientation of the everyone, but the testimonies given.  One by one, stories were told of people being exiled by families, bullied by communities, shackled by thoughts of suicide and/or filled with the teachings that God no longer loved them because they were gay, lesbian, transgender.  It was heartbreaking.  Many told of humiliating “outings” that were done publicly and in the name of “love.”   Some cried because they were left alone.  Others cried because they hadn’t seen their families in years.  However, what utterly broke my spirit were those who had been damned by the thought they were unworthy of God’s love.”

J 802-31 tears Ann Marie Young, 25, cries as she grapples with depression brought on by a gunshot wound during a robbery that left her a paraplegic, unable to care for herself or her two young children. After Young tried to commit suicide three times and her mother could no longer meet her serious medical needs, she was moved to the Golden Age Home in Kingston, Jamaica, surrounded by residents who are decades older than her. The children now live with relatives. Food For The Poor staff photo by Benjamin Rusnak

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