"Happy Endings and a New Beginning."
I was born in Southern
California and grew up with a lot of family around me. At
eight years of age, my family moved to Northern California
to a small town a couple of hours from the Oregon border.
I lived there with my mother, brother and new step-dad in a
small town with small town values.
small-town values did not attach themselves to every person
I encountered. Having kept secrets a vast majority of my
life, I now speak openly of the many years I endured sexual
abuse by several different pedophiles, along with my sexual
orientation and the struggles that illuminated because of my
poor choices. I struggled living two separate lives as I
grew up in a home and church where homosexuality was looked
down upon, and yet I still tried to live my truth. In an
attempt to cope with the mass confusion festering in my
younger mind, I casually began using street drugs, which led
me to a fourteen -year love affair with those same drugs and