Tom Nestor: Business Owner
Have you ever wondered what it would be like growing up in Southeastern Idaho, thinking you were the only person who had unusual feelings, wondering why you were having these feelings you could not understand, and knowing you were different from your friends and your school mates? You might have thought that these feeling were wrong because this was what you were taught for your entire adolescent life. You no doubt wished you had someone you could talk to without being punished, ridiculed, or looked down on. You wished you could talk to your parents but knew that if you did, you would be scorned at home or rejected by your church. If you expressed your feeling to your best friends, they most likely would not understand why you were this way; they might 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 feelings. I was born this way.
During my school years, there were 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, and called "FAGGOT." At that time, I finally knew the meaning of my feelings: I am Gay.
That was 40 years ago. You might think that things would have changed by now, but the only thing that has changed is the meaning of those unusual feelings: they are now known as gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, or queer. The hurt my classmates caused me is now known as BULLYING.
These are the reasons why it is so important for All Under One Roof LGBT Advocates to be here in Pocatello!