By Cynthia Germanotta
August 14, 2014

“I grew up in a really violent environment for the first 13 years of my life. I also struggled with being gay and coming out to parents who are conservative and wouldn't accept that.... When I was 14, my grandma died. She was the first person who I felt really cared about me. When she died, I just kind of gave up on everything. A little bit later, I attempted to kill myself.”

 

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