Q & A with Daniel Trust
At this point, how would you describe the impact on your life of what you experienced in Rwanda?
The experiences I had growing up in Rwanda as an orphan have made me appreciate life more as an adult and have certainly made me a stronger person. Every day before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, I make sure I thank God for my good health, family and life. I often think about all the people around the world who slept hungry because they couldn’t afford to buy food. I think about that child who can’t go to school because his/her parents can’t afford to pay his/her school tuition, I think about all the men and women who are willing to work so they can provide for their families but can’t find work, and I think about that child who has malaria because his/her parents couldn’t afford to get a mosquito net for protection. My experiences in Rwanda have certainly taught me to appreciate the little things we take for granted here in the United States.
What’s the best advice you can give young people struggling with their sexual identities, or identities in general?
My best advice for a young person struggling to find their true sexual identity is to first accept him/herself for who they are and know that you aren’t alone on this journey. You have so many great people around you who care for you and are willing to help you find your true self. It’s not an easy process but with the help of your loved ones, you can become YOU—you can find your true purpose. When I struggled with my sexual identity, I always thought there was something wrong with me to the point where I almost committed suicide, but it wasn’t until I accepted myself for who I was and opened up to my best friend, who helped me understand that no matter what my sexual orientation was he still loved me as his brother. He assured me that I was a good person and encouraged me to get professional help—so I did and here I am today. I am so happy I got the courage to open up to him despite being afraid of being rejected. I hope you can find someone you trust and love who can help you on this journey of finding your true self.
Where do you see Daniel Trust 5 or 10 years from now?
I feel really good about the future. God has really been awesome to me. Five years from now I will be a full-time motivational speaker, giving presentations all over the world on LGBT issues, social justice and human rights. I plan to be a published author by the time I'm 30 with one or two New York Times best sellers under my belt. At this point my foundation, The Daniel Trust Foundation Inc., will be well positioned to make significant impact on the lives of LGBT youths and orphans worldwide. In addition, we will continue to recognize local and international students and teachers who do great things for their communities.
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