I know I promised to deliver a blog about my classes this week, but consider that cancelled for the moment.
Instead, I feel it is necessary to discuss my past week in Potosí. I’m fortunate to be studying here on a program that takes us to 6 major cities of Bolivia and even into parts of the countryside. I was not, however, mentally prepared for Potosí.
Bolivia is not even close to being a popular study abroad location for American students. You will seldom see it advertised at study abroad fairs (although the number of programs for American students recently increased from one to two). Rarer yet will you hear from actual alumni of such a program.
The position of being a gay Filipino American is difficult at times, but I hope that through sharing some of the experiences of my identity, I can speak on some level for those who find themselves in similar positions and possibly even lend personal help.
Each year, Matthew Shepard scholars travel the world for work, play, and of course, study abroad. Often times, they do not have to think twice about taking extra precaution as an LGBTQ individual. For much of the world, however, this is not the case.
My name is Liam Jameson and I am a Senior at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
I tried killing myself, more than once, stopping each time before I could get any further. I dreaded having to go to school the next day. I felt alone and afraid, just hoping for someone to notice me. I wondered what my life would be like. Would this equate to what the rest of my life would be like? Would I be alone? Do I even matter? I asked myself these questions every day, longing to know what the universe had in store for me.