This was the year that I realised that I have a place in the world that and that I also have a voice that can be heard if I want it to be. The friends I have made and supported me helped me to find the confidence to support my voice and speak up. I have been blessed to have such amazing people in my life who have given me so many opportunities and chances and it has changed my life. I have met some of my heroes and found new ones, built friendships and strengthened those that were there.
2012 was the year that I joined a political party that I felt at home at, that I can be proud of and that has blessed me with close friendships and opportunities to grow as a person. This year also as the formation of Equal Marriage NI, which I was privileged to have played a very very small part in the making of what will undoubtedly be something to remember.
I, along with my loved ones and friends, took part in the very first Newry Pride parade which is something I am immense proud of. Cllr Mathew Hulbert (an excellent politician if there ever was one) gave me the opportunities to write for and found UK Progressive and I can only hope that 2013 is a prosperous year for us. I also visited friends, both old and new, and in doing so I took home some fond memories. I also realised that family is so important, and only by appreciating it can you hope to understand how important it really is.
I will try to avoid droning on and keep this brief, but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been there for me in the last 12 months and I can only hope that I have been there for you, too. I wish everyone the very best and I hope 2012 was as good for you as it was for me. Here's to the future and I pray that 2013 brings blessings, happiness, prosperity and opportunities for you all.