I find myself writing this letter to you to tell you a few things that you should know.
Firstly, you have to know that you will have one of the best experiences that you will ever have in your life.
You will meet a lot of people and you will be finding yourself supporting so many causes. You will be representing the LGBTQI community locally but this does not mean that you cannot push yourself even further. Soon you will realise that you have an amazing platform to vocalise your concerns, your worries and your ideas and that is absolutely fantastic. Just with your words you will support so many people who are struggling with many different issues and this feeling, believe me, is everything.
You will experience kindness, determination, joy and pride.
You will also experience discrimination, a lot of it. You will experience people talking about you, sharp and hurtful criticism, demeaning and belittling. You will question why you are doing it and you will feel a wave of pride and justice raging in you. You will have great moments but you will also have bad ones, really bad ones. But let me tell you, those are the moments that make your title worthy. The thought of being able to make a difference, that is what makes the effort worthy.
You will fight a battle and you will win, I have no doubt about it. You will be a visible person and you will be admired and condemned.
Your determination will generate praise and envy. You will see people supporting you and other people bringing you down, sometimes within our very same family.
But let me tell you, never give it up, always keep your head up, always keep going your way because, eventually, you will understand that this was all needed in order to achieve your goals.
I am personally proud of what I did, the experiences that I have had and the difference that I have made and I am sure you will do the same.
Finally, please do not forget that you have an entire family behind you.
Wishing you all the best for the year 2017/2018