Justin Amigo shares his story along with experiences with
Viet Rainbow of Orange County his story during the
Westminster City Council Meeting on Dec. 11, 2013.

“Throughout my years of schooling, I hindered myself
and tried to live up to the norms that society had set for all
individuals to abide. I knew I was gay, yet I resented myself, I
was frightened and fearful of my own being. A few months ago,
my father discovered that I was in a relationship with another
male. This was something he could not accept, my sexual
orientation was something that was perceived as abnormal,
thus leading to my moving out of his household.

I am a fulltime college student, a normal young man
in hopes of persevering in my academic endeavors; I was a
sheltered child growing up, fully dependent on my parents,
focused on school and nothing else aside from my goals, the
tables drastically turned in literally one night, when I was
unwillingly “outted” by my father. The traditional expectation
of falling in love with a woman, raising a family, was what
defined success for my father and many other individuals in
society.

I was saved by Viet Rainbow of Orange County. I was
supported, and reassured that I was not alone with my
situation. Exclusion and alienation can suffocate one which
can be emotionally lethal. I was feel truly blessed, because
Statistics show that 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ and are
3 times more likely to commit suicide because of the issues
and discrimination omitted through the loss of confidence
of self-identify. I was blessed that I was assisted by such a
welcoming organization, I was scared of myself, I was lost,
but now I am supported and I am currently healing from the
trauma of prejudice and exclusion. To me walking in the parade
is a major representation of universal love and acceptance, it
is a major progression to the abolishment of exclusion which
further promotes unity.”