"Richard's Family" is helping LGBTQ with a sense of belonging

3 months 1 week 2 days ago Saturday, October 13 2018 Oct 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:18:00 PM CDT October 13, 2018 in News
By: Caitlin McCarthy, KOMU 8 Reporter

FULTON - "Richard's Family" said its goal is giving a safe space and a sense of family for LGBTQ youth.

The organization was named in honor of Richard Buxton, who died of AIDS in 1992.

Buxton was shunned by his family when he came out as gay.

The organization had its first fundraiser Saturday afternoon with food, a silent auction and music. 

Buxton's nephew, Cliff Atterberry, created the organization to give a sense of family to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ.

"So, growing up in this environment, I didn't have any support as a gay person and there was no support and I actually felt like I was broken or something was wrong with me," Atterberry said.
Atterberry fondly refers to Buxton as "Uncle Dickey" and said he looks at him as one of his heroes because of how true he was to his identity. 
"He didn't care, he still did what he needed to do, or be who he wanted to be regardless of, unfortunately, losing most of his family," Atterberry said. 
Atterberry wants people to know that they have options for resources and have a constant support group no matter the circumstances.

Mason Thomas Noble, a high school senior, was at the fundraiser celebrating with people who support him. 

"I came out to my family just last year," Noble said. "Most of my family has been supportive, but some don't acknowledge it."

Noble came out in seventh grade and did not know what resources were available for someone identifying as LGBTQ.

"It was just so comforting to know that there are people out there who support me and love me," Noble said.

For more information about "Richard's Family," here is the link to the Facebook page.

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