This 23-year-old Canadian is one of my heroes - someone who truly makes a difference, and has touched so many lives, just in a few short years. His name is Justin Preston and he's a sought after public Speaker, an ambassador for Kids Help Phone, and the creator of Rise Against Bullying.
A few years ago, I read that that 85% of LGBT students had reported being verbally harassed and 40% reported being physically harassed. Even worse, nearly 20% reported being physically assaulted at school because of their sexual orientation. Justin was one of those who was harassed. Hearing him describe it, it sounds pretty awful, but somehow he mustered the strength to rise up and do something - not only for himself, but for everyone.
Now, I've not actually met Justin, but I sure would like to. He gives back and is a hero to so many. Isn't that what life is all about? As I read about his many projects, I am filled with joy that so many people have been helped because of Justin's work. You may have seen him on tv or read one of numerous articles about him, but during Pride Month, I wanted to mention him here as well.
You can learn more about Kids Help Phone HERE, and more about Rise Against Bullying at http://www.riseagainstbullying.ca/ (there's a facebook page too, just click HERE). I urge you to go there and find out more about Justin and his important work. Click HERE to make a donation too. Help make a difference!