PGN Special Edition Coverage

As I begin writing this article, there’s a protest organized by students against the canceling of Philadelphia school teachers’ contracts. It reminds me that, whenever an injustice occurs in a society, it becomes the people’s task — like bacteria attempting to cleanse the cancerous cells — to fight against it. However, sometimes we don’t win and the cancer takes another victim like Matthew Shepard, Diamond Williams and tragically so many more.

Coming out was definitely the best thing that I have ever done and when people told me that I would be coming out every day of my life after that time, I did not believe them. That belief remained true until the day I accepted my acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh and the fear and guilt of my sexual orientation came rushing back to me. I’ve been out so long at my home in Philadelphia that I forgot how hard coming out can be. Although I am proud of who I am, I did not know what type of people I was going to be living with at college.

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