I think of a role model as a person I look up to, someone who leads by example and in some way has a positive influence in my life. Role models can be people I know (family members, teachers, colleagues) or they can be people I’ve never met (celebrities, historical figures, or even fictional characters). My most inspirational role models are those who have something important in common with me, whether that be personal values, career goals, or hobbies and interests. By being who they are, they inspire me to be a better me.

It’s important for young gay men to have positive gay role models in their lives to help them see that being gay does not prevent them from pursuing their dreams and achieving fulfillment in life.

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