Terry-Dyer: [00:08:33] I would not have done it differently. I’ve received. A tremendous amount of feedback and reviews and, you know, random people across the country, um, even abroad actually, which I think is really cool for me.
[00:08:47] Um, reaching out to tell their stories, reaching out, to share, reaching out, to say, thank you so much for being a voice. Thank you so much for drawing attention to these issues that you know me [00:09:00] as another African-American gay male, I’m accustomed to our community, sweeping this under the rug or me as a.
[00:09:05] Another Caucasian gay male, I’m accustomed to, you know, my family who was religious, not talking about, you know, these, these situations in these issues, me not being able to stand up or raise my hand and say, I’ve experienced this, I’ve gone through this. I own it. I didn’t have the courage to do that. So hearing all of those things from people in the last seven or eight months, I knew that this was my, my purpose.
[00:09:30] It really was my calling to say, Everything that I’ve had to endure throughout my entire life. This was the purpose. This was the purpose to set up for those who didn’t have the courage or the resources or the necessary tools to stand up for themselves. So, um, I guess you could say at, you know, almost 41 years old now that I’ve officially realized sort of what my purpose was, um, in this lifetime and, and.
[00:09:55] What an amazing feeling. What a, you know, [00:10:00] I wake up everyday thinking about, regardless of, you know, sort of playing politics in, in, in work life and dealing with all the other things that we deal with every single day, you know, I have fulfilled, you know, sort of what I was called to do, and that was continued to help our communities in, in more ways than one.
[00:10:18] And then also use my. Crazy life as a, um, vessel for those that don’t know how to deal with these things themselves.