RISING ABOVE BULLYING: THE STORY OF L.S. GAGNON

Photo Courtesy of L.S. Gagnon Originally from California, L.S. Gagnon moved to Massachusetts to marry the love of her life. With little education, L.S. Gagnon worked in the fields most of her young adult life. Giving her mother a better life always gave her the drive to keep fighting to better herself. She escaped into her dreams from childhood, unknowingly giving her a peek at what she would be creating one day. When she lost her mother, her death sent {Read More}

RISE ABOVE!

 Kristen Speller of Love IS Foundation A Story of Domestic violence with the Phenomenal Woman Kristen Speller  Kristen Speller and her husband Marvin Speller created and established Love IS, a non-profit foundation providing health, wellness, and nutrition to the domestic violence community of the San Fernando Valley of California. It was created in 2012. The foundation was named after Kristen’s award winning song, Love IS, which was on the 54th National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Ballot for {Read More}

Triumph Over the Bully

Photo Courtesy of Rita Parker Rita Parker is 26 years old and Founder and CEO of Keep True, which is a non-profit organization to provide affordable and accessible opportunities in the arts for military families. This is Rita’s heartbreaking story of being bullied through school and her triumph to the successful strong woman she is today! I am proud to call her a friend and an inspiration of strength. Mark Leitao: What made you want to share your story? Rita {Read More}

Coming Out in Style

Mark Leitao: Friend, Advocate, and #BulliesKeepOut Supporter In my opinion by far one of the toughest things I’ve gone through in my life was coming out of the closet. Although when I came out, which was quite a few years ago and things are different now, my experiences of choosing to come out when I was younger and older several people can relate too. It took me awhile to come out of the closet. I always knew I was gay {Read More}

Mark’s Story of Hope

PLEASE BE WARNED STORY IS INTENSE AND A BIT GRAPHIC AS IT TOUCHES ON SUICIDE!!!   MARK’S STORY! I sat at my desk at work with no plan ahead. The idea just popped in my head at an instant. I couldn’t take anymore of my life. The past few weeks I fell into a deep state of depression. I lost all hope of a resolution to my angst. I didn’t want to hurt the one I spent the last 10 {Read More}

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