The LGBTQIA Humans of Kansas City: Mat B

Mat Bridegan (winner of the 2015 PrideFest theme with Love is the Cure)

“My tough road is a real blessing … The most I had to do, was accept myself and shut out what others think … Always remember no matter the situation good or bad that Love is The Cure.”

The LGBTQIA Humans of Kansas City“I’m truly grateful that I have the opportunity to tell readers about my journey as a young gay man in Kansas City! Sure life’s a tough road, but luckily my tough road is a real blessing. I didn’t have to be poor, I didn’t have to have no friends, commit a crime, or even get into fights. The most I had to do was accept myself and shut out what others think. At the age of 14 I came to terms with being gay – meaning I was openly gay. I had an amazing high school and college experience. After graduating from UCA-Conway I moved back to KC. In 2008 everything became clear. Stepping into Outabounds Sports Bar – who would have thought I would be hooked? Taking on the doorman position would soon lead to me managing the bar all together. In 2009 I won the title of Mr. Gay Pride KC. Now, I’m looking back at the past eight years, the ups and downs I have been through, the great memories already made – looking forward to making new ones – and noticing how strong it made me in creating who I am today. I can proudly say it’s because of the Kansas City LGBT community. Thank You! I’m excited to see what the future holds. Always remember no matter the situation good or bad that Love is The Cure.”