We exist to show folks they’re not alone, and that everyone can be free.


Looking inward.


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.


Facing outward.


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.

AndThenIWasFree is a non-profit organization focused on addiction, mental health, and LGBTQ2S+ support and education.

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. They make one who they are, but do not define them.

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