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From Tears To Rainbows Have you ever wondered what it would be like growing up in southeastern Idaho, thinking you where the only person who had unusual feeling, wondering why your having these feelings you can not understand, knowing your different from your friends and your school mates. Thinking that these feeling are wrong hearing this all your adolescent life . Wishing you had someone you could talk too, without being punished, ridicule or looked down, wishing you could talk to your parents knowing if you do, you my be scorned from your parents home or rejected from your church. Thinking if you express your feeling to your best friends they will not understand why you are this way, they may disapprove, never talk to you again or worse yet beat you up! These are a few of the fears I had as a young person. I did not choose to have these feeling I was born this way. During my school years there where a lot of very long unhappy days. During my four years of high school which I hated, I was pushed against the lockers, tripped in the hallways called FAGGOT at that time I finally knew the meaning of my feelings; I am Gay. That was 40 years ago, you would of thought things would of change by now, the only thing that has change is the meaning of my unusual feeling; they are now identify as gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual or queer. The pain my classmates showed me is now known as BULLYING. BULLYING is very prominent in today’s world, every time you watch television, read the paper, online news, you do not have to look very far to find articles about young people being BULLYED or committing suicide because of being BULLYED! Growing up can be difficult! Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or “different” can be overwhelming. It is important that those of us who have been there or know people who have been there to support the current generation of Pocatello and surrounding area youth, by creating and managing empowering programs that will help them grow into healthy and confident adults. Our mission is to partner with young people in Pocatello, Idaho and the surrounding area to provide a safe, empowering, and non-bullying environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, and our straight allies through encouragement, support, and education. Our vision is to promote and support self-confidence and healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. We stay true to our mission by partnering with young people to create and implement programs and services that enhance the lives of LGBTQ youth in the core areas of: Youth Support Parent/Family Support Leadership Development Life Skills LGBTQ Community Support Health, Wellness, STD Education and HIV Testing Drug and Alcohol Therapy Community Education Outreach Programs Anti-Bullying Education ALL UNDER ONE ROOF ADVOCATES OF S.E. IDAHO As a youth-service agency serving the Pocatello, Idaho area, we will strive to become a highly-regarded organization that provides direct services to Pocatello’s youth and the surrounding communities by: •Training and educating youth services providers •Providing factual information related to sexual information and gender identity issues to the community... •Developing peer-to-peer programs and counseling resource services WE WILL CONTINUALLY STRIVE TO ASSIST LGBTQ YOUTH DURING THEIR TRANSITION TO HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE ADULTS AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO BECOME LEADERS IN THE GREATER COMMUNITY. We need your help getting information to the youth about All Under One Roof Youth Center. All Under One Roof LGBT Advocates of Southeaster Idaho, has opened a community youth center in Pocatello, Idaho. The organization’s main goal it to partner with young people in Pocatello, Idaho and the surrounding area to provide a safe, empowering and NON-BULLYING environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth, and our straight allies through encouragement, acceptance, support, and education. WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU! WITH YOUR DONATION YOU CAN HELP YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WHO NEED OUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT. NO CONTRIBUTION OF TIME OR MONEY IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SAVING A LIFE! “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a SAFE and supportive environment in which to achieve their full POTENTIAL.” HARVEY MILK THANK YOU Tom Nestor Executive Director www.allunderoneroof.org all_under_one_roof_lgbtq@yahoo.com