To us, being free encompasses three pillars:
Being true to yourself. True to your values, beliefs, spirit. Without the barriers of bias or societal norms holding you back from being who you are.
Creating space for everyone to feel they belong. Working to eliminate judgement, discrimination, and inequity. Being an ally. Encouraging others to do the same.
Tying together the inward and outward.
Knowing that everyone has a story we know nothing about. Always be humble, mindful, respectful. Be kind to one another and to ourselves.
The various aspects of a person’s identity – gender, race, sexuality, socio-economic status, home life, mental illness, or physical disability – are just parts of one’s journey. These parts make one who they are, but do not define them.
Through our pillars and our work, we show folks that they are much more than the sum of their parts, that they can live authentically as their true selves, and finally say " ".
and then I was free
We exist to show folks they’re not alone, and that everyone can be free.
AndThenIWasFree is a non-profit organization providing addiction, mental health, and LGBTQ2S+ support and education to communities across Turtle Island (Canada).
We are proudly Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ founded and operated.