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Wayne’s Story


My Story 

Out & About 
originated with individual well-being and community health in mind, which is why we are committed to sharing the benefits of premium, non-intoxicating hemp CBD products with our LGBT community, families, and allies, as well as giving directly back to impactful LGBT causes. 

As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, I’ve journeyed my own path to wellness. Born in a rural Montana town, I struggled with conventional morality and daily anxieties of wanting to be “out,” but with very few outlets to turn to, I bottled up my sexuality longer than anybody should. 

After serving in the military, I finally opened up to my friends and family on Thanksgiving Day at the relatively late age of 24. Yet even after coming out, I was still trained to fear. I feared discrimination, criticism, and acceptance in every aspect of my life, and with good reason, as one of my most cherished relationships did not survive that day; It’s no wonder many of us continue to hide. 

My life did feel brighter, but fear still directed my decisions. I fought with the loss of my culturally assigned masculinity and clung to protecting an old identity. Just like David from the book, “Giovanni’s Room,” I longed for freedom from myself. 

In fact, I found coming out wasn’t a one-time thing for me, rather it was a recurring stressor in public, the workplace, and with each new person I met. 

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” – Arthur Somers 

The constant worry I felt when making new friends, dressing for an occasion, or just holding my partner’s hand while on a walk was a difficult thing for me to ignore; it became a chronic state that perpetuated my anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression, and eventually led to debilitating panic attacks. 

I was desperate to find a solution that wasn’t a prescription drug, so in 2017 when a respected colleague told me about hemp CBD (which has no THC, so is non- intoxicating), I was eager to learn more. 

Fast forward a few years—and after an initial period of fine-tuning—I have been following a daily hemp CBD regimen that continues to work wonders for me. To my amazement, I have been panic-attack free since 2018, and best of all, I’m better equipped to embrace who I am as I’m out and about in my everyday life! In fact, my life dramatically improved after getting my anxiety under control. I began to thrive with new friends, a new relationship, and embraced my life and work in West Hollywood.

Then, as they say, the stars aligned at the end of 2019 when my best friend and roommate introduced me to her uncle, Ralph Fascitelli. Ralph, a seasoned entrepreneur, was already working on a business plan to spread the benefits of hemp CBD, as he too had successfully adopted a daily hemp CBD routine. Together Ralph and I decided to join forces, and co-founded Out & About CBD. 

Out & About celebrates, serves and supports our LGBT community. Our company name reflects our core mission to inspire an optimistic and positive outlook on life, as it does get better! 

We also recognize the serious and often life-threatening issues still facing the LGBT youth community—issues I experienced first-hand. Constantly motivated by The Trevor Project, this information below underscores the significant work that lies ahead for all of us: 

From The Trevor Project: 

  • LGBT youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. 
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. 
  • LGBT youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGBT peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. 
  • In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 

Please note, at Out & About we do not advocate attempting to treat or cure any medical or psychological conditions with our products; please seek advice from your healthcare provider. How you choose to incorporate CBD into your daily routine should be wholly based on what you discover works best for you. Everyone’s CBD journey is unique, just like mine was. We do hope you’ll find relief and enhanced overall health if you do choose to incorporate our CBD products into your wellness routine! 

It’s our greatest hope at Out & About, that by providing you with a natural option to enhanced well-being, you too will come to Love Every Day. 

Wayne Carkeek, Co-Founder & Director of Community Relations, Out & About CBD

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