As I travel the country I am privileged to meet so many wonderful people. There’s a lot of downtime on tour. I’m lucky to be able to spend my downtime with strangers who become great friends within just 20 hours. I get to learn their stories and get to taste their worlds a little bit. I’ve meet so many amazing people so far and I still have many more days to go and to crash on strangers couches and enter their worlds for a bit.
Upon meeting these people, I realize how lucky I am to have such great parents. My parents have really supported me more than I could ever thank them for. These people I have met, some of them don’t have any parents, maybe because their parents kicked them out for being gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender or queer, or maybe because they were beaten and forced to move out as soon as they could. I’ve heard stories from so many people in the last few days, stories about parents disowning their children because of their childs’ sexual orrientation or gender expression or identity. It’s really a shame. As I step into their world and witness the heartbreak, the depression, and the cries for help, I realize how lucky and privileged I am.
My parents came around to support my transition in just three years and they really support me to their fullest potential. I’m really lucky that my parents call me by the right name and pronouns, that they haven’t ever kicked me out for being who I am, that my Mom helped me pay for my legal name change and that my Dad helped me pay for my top surgery. I’m also really lucky that they both came out for my surgery. I’m lucky that they understand me.
I’m not only lucky with transitioning, I’m also lucky with my music career. When I was six years old I asked for guitar lessons. My parents got them for me only a few months later. My guitar teacher kindly built and gave me a guitar that was small enough for me. I grew madly in love with playing. At 14 I grew very determined and started playing live. My parents drove me to every gig and showed up to every gig. Sometimes they even got their friends to come out and support me. They didn’t have to do any of this, but they did. I’m really lucky for that. I really needed them there to give me the confidence to get me where I am today. My parents drove me around on some of my very first tours. My Mom bought me cases of blank CD’s so I could start making money so that I could buy my own merchandise to sell at shows, t-shirts, CD’s, etc. I did it. I would have never grown to where I am without there help. Before I learned to drive my parents drove me back and forth to the train station every day so I could go to the studio and record a professional CD. My parents also helped me to become motivated and determined enough to build my music and speaking career up. I booked every single gig from 14 - 17 myself. Now, thankfully, there are too many gigs and booking requests to handle myself and I have a great manager to assist me with bookings. Anyway, my parents really assisted me in ways that I could never repay them for. I’m extremely thankful to have such great parents. I’m really stoked to be on tour and to be able to pay for everything myself this time. I would have never gotten this far without the help from my amazing parents.
Things are starting to take off for me. I have so many things that I want to announce but I am not allowed to yet. Big things are happening behind the scenes and I can’t wait to share them. I’m really stoked. One thing I can say is that I finally received the last funding for my album and professional music video and I will be able to release my album around June 1st, 2012! I’m really, really stoked and excited for all that is to come. I finally feel like all my hard work and dedication is paying off.
Thank you so much to all of my fans for all of their support. I would have never gotten this far without all of you. And of course, thank you to my amazing parents. I really am a lucky man.
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