The “Don’t BE Afraid” message was born out of overwhelming fear. In October 2013, Scott Jones was left paralyzed after being attacked in his hometown of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. In the following weeks, Scott was afraid. His family and friends were afraid. And, his community was afraid. But, instead of dissolving into this fear, Scott chose to emerge with a strong and hopeful message: “Don’t BE Afraid.” The message became the launching point for the Don’t BE Afraid: LGBTQ Awareness Society, a non-profit organization. Don’t BE Afraid works to eliminate fear surrounding homophobia and transphobia and promote acceptance for all through honest conversation and creative expression.