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LGBTQ* people of color must reconcile two identities – their racial belonging and their queerness.

I, for example, have started an international youth-led environmental organization, won 32 awards for entrepreneurship, been featured on MSNBC and countless news outlets, traveled to 28 countries, and even shook President Barack Obama’s hand. And, at every step of the way, my identity as a gay, Black male who was raised between South Carolina and Georgia has colored every chapter of my life.

I first ideated sharing my complex, poignant (and sometimes hilarious) stories when I was only a junior in high school. While applying to colleges, I quickly realized that the Common Application's 750-word limit was an insufficient allotment to write my personal statement. If I were to write a story with unflinching authenticity, I would need more time and space. This was over six years ago—shortly thereafter, I developed what would become my first draft manuscript of my memoir and have been working on improving it ever since.

If you'd like updates on where I am on my writing journey, please consider signing up for writing updates.
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