Stephen Land

Country representing

United States

Languages

English

Education

  • Southern Oregon University, Northern Arizona University

Current organisation

The Race To Self Identity

Current role

Writer

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Event planning
Human rights
Management
Public relations

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

October 2012, I attempted suicide. After failing I realized that I was carrying too much weight and needed to let it all go. I reviled every secret I ever held from anyone which included being a survivor of sexual abuse, being a gay man and being engaged to someone who had passed away before our planned engagement announcement. After posting my story I began receiving messages from men all around the world telling me their stories, I immediately knew that I had a grander purpose then I ever could have imagined. I began sharing my story on all of my social media and the response only continued to be positive. I had the pleasure of working with 1in6.org the largest male survivor organization on a documentary called the "Bristlecone Project" where I was able to share my story. From there I worked with "I'm From Driftwood" to tell my story in their video project. Then I meet a Gay Romance Novelist from England named KC Wells who was inspired by my story and wanted to help me help others so together KC and I put a plan in place to publish a novel series about my story. In December 2015 the first book of the series was published. Through these three major pieces of my story telling opportunities I have had the pleasure of meeting with political leaders on local, national and international levels to share my story and the importance of educating people on what it really means to be a survivor of abuse. There is a lot of learning to be done.