Bits and Pieces

José Márquez

Brooks Institute

Michael Moffatt, 17 recently went through the coming out process with his family and has been in a constant struggle because of his sexual orientation. Half of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) youth are experiencing a negative reaction when they come out to their parents, and a fourth of them are being kicked out their homes after coming out.
Michael is a junior at Buena High School in Ventura, California, Vice President of the German club, Team Manager of the Mock Trial club, member of the Rowing team, volunteers at the Sailing Center plus President and co-founder of the We Stop Hate club.
We Stop Hate is a club dedicated to anti bullying and anti-hate. “It doesn’t have a specific group that it’s targeting but we try to hit every single group possible” Michael explains. It’s a club very dear and close to Michael, he’s been there since the conception and wants to see it grow and flourish into an empowering club open to everyone. “I am the type of person that really likes helping other people. I think that’s one of the things that I try to use as a life mission that I help as many people as possible”
Despite being an excelling student and part of many clubs, sports, and volunteer work, Michael feels the support he needs from his parents isn’t there. “I think at some point we drifted a little bit. I think it was once a loving relationship but I think things have gotten cold and a little bit distant, “Michael says.
A month ago when Michael came out, he was asked by his parents to leave his home. Feeling distraught, Michael was ready to leave but his parents stopped him at the door and kept him from leaving. This has become a routine in the Moffatt household.
Not feeling accepted at home for his homosexuality has drifted Michael to seek support elsewhere. He discovered Rainbow Umbrella through a friend who had recently joined the support group. Rainbow Umbrella is an anonymous support group for the LGBTQ commu