Growing up in a small town in rural, upstate New York with little acceptance for difference, I never knew how to exactly embrace my sexuality. Since the age of five, I had been involved in sports and planned on continuing that involvement into college. However, I was unable to pin-point any sheros/heros in athletics that identified as LGBTQ. At the same time, nobody I knew identified. Soccer continued to be my fuel. I attended a small, private institution and I had the opportunity to play college soccer. Everything I thought I wanted was coming true. Yet, I still felt unfulfilled. Nobody understood why I never smiled. I was depressed. I was broken. Despite everything, it seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel.