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Reacting to Will Shepherd’s PTSD video

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
June 23, 2016


I have been meaning to write this article/letter since last week. But Because of what happen in Orlando. I delay it. Will Shepherd had been a huge part of my life for the last year. He and his spouse RJ thought me that fighting for gay rights is the right thing to do. Will has PTSD and will be suffering from a mental illness for his entire life. This is my letter of appreciation to Will.
Dear Will,

First of all, I want to say that I have daily vlogs withdrawal for a month now, haha. But I know that you are at a better place right now. Because of your PTSD you may have a hard time vlogging. I know that this is the right thing to do for you.

You and RJ have shared bits and pieces of your mental health journey in the daily vlogs. But we (your viewers) did not know how much you suffer in the hands of somebody who supposed to love and protect you.

The PTSD video is so powerful and painful at the same time. I applaud your honesty in the video. I may not have PTSD, but I know that the abuse that you encountered is no joke. The people who new must protect you. The person who did it should go to prison.

Will, Your a such a strong person. Many people might say, screw it I am not dealing with this I will not excel at school or worse I will just take my own life, no one cares if I die.But with you, you own your happiness, that is what is great about you.

I just want to thank you for what you did, the video for me is one of the best I ever seen in a long while. Also for the daily vlogs. You thought me to be brave and to own my happiness.

Send my love to RJ


PS, You should really change your last name to Aguiar

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LGBT Monday: Shep689, the Will Shepherd and RJ Aguiar story

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

September 28, 2015

There are people from time to time that will change your perspective on life, more than you expected. I know they do not know who I am, but I know them, and they rock. YouTube stars Will and RJ from the Channel shep689, I love this guys so much, that they change how I felt about LGBT issues, I feel good defending the rights of gay people because of them.


Growing up in rural Florida, William Ross Shepherd was a smart kid, who did not fit the mold of a country boy. He loves reading books and playing video games. He was being violently bullied by classmates and schoolmates, coming home to a father that did not understood him. Will kept to himself and study harder and graduated third on his class. Coming out as gay to people at the aged of 14, the bullying stopped instantly.

Will’s fiancĂ© Ricardo Aguiar Jr or RJ, was born in Tampa Florida, a son of two Cuban immigrants, RJ learn to speak a mixture of English and Spanish. He was also bullied as a young boy because he wore thick glasses and he also have a sensory processing disorder. 

Will and RJ met while volunteering at the LGBT student group on campus at Florida State University (FSU). There was a big problem RJ identified as straight, but is a bisexual man. 

They began seeing each other, the same time as they are first seeing each other. Will was starting up his YouTube channel, (shep689.) where he posted some videos from time to time. By January 2012 they started posting daily videos. They only intended to do the vlogs for one month. They also thought that it will kill their channel. Boy were they wrong, they shared intimate parts of their relationship, their engagement, them moving to Los Angeles and their mental health struggles. Will has PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder.) due to the bullying that he encountered growing up. 

Their life challenges like when RJ was arrested. On February 15, 2014 while partying their friends headlock Will, Will reacted by fighting back, RJ joined the fight and RJ was arrested. As a result of the incident, it prompted Will to stop drinking alcohol. They push back like a good couple does. 

 Finally, Will and RJ are my inspiration because they set a good example on young people who have mental health issues. I love them so much and can not wait that they get married on May of the next year. I hope them the best, thru the next chapter of their life’s.

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