When I was 21 years old, my mother in an moment of emotional distress told me something that will forever resound and hold true with me. It is a sad statement about my family, but also a miracle I survived my youth. She said, "Greggy, I have no idea where you got to love people so much, but you sure didn't get it from this family." My family, living in a small town in Southeast Michigan, was upper-middle class and material things often weighted more on life than the love and kindness of a friend or stranger. I feel I am the man I am today because of the unconditional love I have given and received from so many young people, friends and extended family in my life. My life has been full of challenges and the journey one amazing step after another. I think often of the LGBTQ kids, teens and college students I meet weekly and hope they will have love, support and a mentor to guide them along the way. My own life I didn't have the support growing up and how I survived is a miracle.