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You’ve “Gotta Have Faith” – George Michael Passes Away on Christmas Day

George Michael in James Corden

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, the world lost an icon on Christmas Day. I’m not one to mourn people I don’t know personally, but I’ve been drawn to reading many different articles in the last 24 hours about George Michael and his struggles throughout his life. That’s when my heart felt full of sadness for a man that gave so many of us “Faith” that life can always get better when his life was overcome with tragedy. Despite the struggles with drugs, alcohol, the loss of loved ones and dealing with the public reaction to his lifestyle after being forced to come-out, he will always be remembered as someone who had an amazing talent and helped shape the music world as it is today.

What bothered me the most to learn was how he dealt with his personal life and how he tried to shield his loved ones from any pain that would be caused by the public’s reaction of how he lived. It was an emotional battle that ensued for years and took a major toll on him. (You can find thousands of articles relating to all of this on Google.)

Through all of my reading, I found myself wondering if he had had more of a support system like the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, would that have had made a difference with some of the struggles he faced…

In this day and age, you do have the support, and it’s right here in our neck of the woods. The LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside is ready to be there for you.

Some of our services include support groups for youth, seniors, and military service members, HIV/AIDS testing and prevention, counseling, civil rights advocacy, classes, and workgroups.

There’s no need to face this world alone. So…

“Before this river
Becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor
Oh oh baby
I reconsider
My foolish notion
Well I need someone to hold me
But I’ll wait for something more. Cause…”


“gotta have faith!”

And here’s my favorite video I’ve seen of Mr. George Michael on Carpool Karaoke with host James Corden.

Audra Leigh: Audra is a strong supporter of North County local businesses and has spent the past 10 years working passionately as an influencer to keep the chains at bay. She's a mother of three and one naughty puppy, spontaneous traveler, loves to laugh, learn new things, try new foods, and to step out of her comfort zone.