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You Touched Me ~

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My feet touched the ground shrouded by a deafening silence

The wind and the sea made me spellbound

I saw the rolling hills of blinding white stones

I stepped from the safety of materialism to the epicentre of despair

The irony that I could speed away anytime never left me

I decided to walk out alone amongst thousands of lost dreams

The first white stone came into focus as the tears stung my face and the words paralyzed every cell of my humanness

“He sleeps in a foreign land, in a grave we never see. May god guide a kind hand to lay a flower for me. Mother~”

As I stood on the precipice of loss; the beauty of this resting place will never be forgotten and you touched me~

Juno Beach, France

Carl Meadows november 6, 2016

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I was born June 13, 1967. I was raised in the town of Port Coquitlam, BC within metro Vancouver. I was a non-conventional boy winning awards for choreography, dance, and led many school performance numbers before grade 6. I also competed as a figure skater and was notorious for doing cart wheels on the ice. I was bullied all through my school years and ended up going to 3 different High Schools and didn't graduate from High School as a result. This was the era of no Gay Rights in Canada. I struggled with visibility, identity and self-esteem. I am one of the lucky survivors as most of my friends died of AIDS or committed suicide. I am a prolific Poet. I graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and it was one of the proudest achievements in my lifetime as it defied all those folks who said I wasn't enough. It taught me that despite hardships, I could overcome insurmountable challenges. I am committed to making the world more compassionate and doing my part by celebrating LGBT contributions to the world. Every year my husband and I host a Fall Gala for 'Out in Schools' called the 'Carl and Les Fall Gala. Part of this vision is to make sure every student in BC has the opportunity to see their self worth through LGBTQ visibility, support and action to make the world safe for everyone. I am President for the Foundation of Hope whose vision is "a world where LGBT+ refugees can live safely and be themselves". We also support a Film Series at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival called "Migrant Voices" that raises awareness of issues surrounding Refugees, Immigrants, Asylum seekers and Migrants. In my professional life, I am a Registered Nurse and a Health Services Administrator in Health Care. I live with my husband and our dog Ted.

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