In Arkansas, being gay wasn’t a state of mind that people had encouragement or support for. You found support from your friends and if you were lucky, your family.
I grew up in Arkansas. Down South, it’s not as open to talk about sensitive issues such as health care when you are gay. I never really accessed health care until I moved to Columbus, where I felt it was more open to do so.
Moving to Columbus shaped my whole life in more ways that I can describe but when it comes to my health, it helped save my life because I felt I SHOULD get health care. I did some research and found a physician who I am comfortable talking to. I don’t hold back about my life or who I am with her and I feel lucky to know that she is working to make my life better.