Pride Stories: Derek

By June 23, 2018 Home, News, Quotes

Today we continue our Pride Stories hearing from Derek.

Today we’re continuing our Pride Stories sharing Derek’s story.
At age 23, I got engaged to a girl that I met in college. By age 26, I was living life as an openly gay man. I had been living in the shadows, and though I wasn’t fully aware that I was gay at the time, I knew that I was living life the way that I was ‘supposed’ to – you know, marry young, planning for kids, white picket fences, etc. It wasn’t until the end of the engagement that I decided to explore who I really was. The journey I took in those three short years was an incredibly intense, yet rewarding experience – and I can’t imagine living life any other way. It’s why PRIDE is so important to me. Bodhi has allowed me to walk into a community in which I can be true and authentic to myself, with no judgement, and knowing that I will be fully embraced for who I am. I hope that everyone, whether queer or not, lives their best life openly and authentically – and finds a community like we have at Bodhi Spiritual Center.

– Derek


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Bodhi is a non-religious spiritual community in Chicago, IL. We awaken individuals to live their inherent power and purpose. Through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community, we reveal Oneness in service of the people of Chicago and beyond.

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