“I’m sorry, but I can’t do this anymore.” That was it. That was the note. It was 2005 and I’d decided my life wasn’t worth living. I was tired of being depressed, afraid to live in my truth and most of all feeling that no one would ever accept me or love me. I was alone in the bathroom with a bottle of sleeping pills and cried. As I laid on the floor I slowly working up the courage to take the pills, the faintest of thoughts crossed my mind that said, “I’m too tired. I can do this tomorrow. Life will still suck.”
That was 15 years ago. While I’ve overcome those fears and live a life that I love, it was far from easy. I didn’t have a role model or guidebook or a group of people I could talk to. Most of my friends were straight and couldn’t understand. Knowing that I wasn’t alone would’ve been a game changer for me.
MyUmbrella (https://myumbrella.co) is my attempt to give everyone else, what I wish I had. A sense of community. A sense of belonging. A place where there were people who had been through similar things and I could learn from.
For members of the LGBTQ+ community who are looking for a creative outlet, MyUmbrella is an online platform that amplifies our journeys and shared experiences. Unlike other platforms, we invite members of the community who want to share their stories the opportunity to do so, by joining our Writers Cohort. Their published work reminds us all that we’re not alone as we think we are.
- Identify along the LGBTQ+ spectrum
- Must be a relatable writer with the ability to bring a story to life
- Write in a way that appeals to our audience - a friendly personable writing style that keeps it real
- Minimum 1 article per month for 3 months