Meet D’Arcy Turner: A Message of Hope in Celebration of Pride Month

Published On June 5, 2018 | By Kendal Malewicz | Mornings

So many of us take for granted getting up each day WITHOUT social prejudices.  That we don’t have a constant struggle to be who we want to be. You just wake up, walk out the door and just be, well, you. In honour of  Pride month, meet my friend D’Arcy Turner.

Windsor born D’Arcy Turner is out to change that way of thinking with his own story.

Even with increasing social acceptance in recent years, people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) still experience prejudice, discrimination, and victimization because of their sexual orientation. For LGBTG youth, bullying by peers and rejection by family members are common. Not surprisingly, this often leads to psychological distress and mental health issues like depression.

Although we have a long way to go in the fight for equality, it’s humans like D’Arcy who will pave the way for acceptance and support of LGBTQ community.  You just have to listen.

He is telling his story now not only because it’s Pride month, but more importantly, he hopes it will help someone. Maybe just one person. He felt alone growing up and his vision is to make an impact on child in a similar situation and to have them realize he or she is not alone.

“Be yourself. Be proud of who you are. Everyone faces struggles in life. It’s those that use their struggles as motivation, who end up doing amazing things. Most importantly ask for help. Life is way too short to let bullies ruin it.”

With it being the month of June – Pride month – I made a video of my experiences growing up with bullying, athletics, and being gay. I struggled as a kid with relentless bullying, and I'm hoping that some of my experiences can be used for good, to help someone else. I would love if you watched the video, and shared it. Thanks friends ❤

Posted by D'Arcy Turner on Saturday, June 2, 2018

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