Mom: "The Support Beam"
Growing up with a skin condition that covered most of her body, she learned at a very early age how mean kids can be. As the years progressed the outbreaks have reduced in severity, but she has never forgotten the struggle to feel accepted, even in her own family. Having children of her own, she ensured that she taught them to be nice to others and make friends with everyone; the new kid, the different kid, or the kid that's shy and sits in the corner alone.
She struggled coming to terms with her only son being gay, but with time she remembered what it was like when she was little. She remembered her friends and family picking on her for her looks and how hard it was, and her own son was now facing the same kind of difficulty. He was different, and she could let history repeat itself, or she could change, making life better for the both of them.
It is her hope that this company will not only reach out to the youth, but to parents as well. As a parent, you are who your children look to for support and guidance, and at some point in their lives what you say and do will be life changing.
Veronika: "The Reality"
Growing up, life threw Veronika her own curve balls. Having a seven year age difference between her and Ronnie gave her a head start of experience and knowledge. She naturally took on the caregiver role, and sought to help, support, and protect him. This helped her develop a level-headedness that Ronnie often looked to for support and guidance, and continues to do so today.
Being separated from her younger brother for a year helped her realize how important her brother was to her. Although it was difficult to accept when Ronnie came out, instead of succumbing to social pressures, she decided to forget about what other people think, and put her brother first. She believed that the pressure her brother had to face would be far greater than he could possibly handle alone; but together they would get through it.
Life itself isn't easy, and having to watch what her brother goes through on a daily basis is no easy task. After having witnessed the hurtful things people say and do, it has motivated her to not only help her brother, but others as well.
She realized that she could dream for change all day, or she could turn her dreams into a reality. With the help of her friends and family, she has decided to fight with and for her brother; and for so many others who continue to face the same struggles. With Veronika's hard work and determination, Free 2 Be Me