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Meet the 2015 True Fellows!

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Back in February, we opened up the application process for our inaugural True Fellowship program – an initiative to offer young people the unique opportunity to create, develop, and execute a six-month project to contribute to the ongoing vision of LGBT inclusion in their communities, develop hands on organizing experience in an area of their choosing, and foster professional development skills.

Today, we’re proud to announce our 2015 True Fellows!


Christian-Aguilar

CHRISTIAN AGUILAR

Miami, FL

“I think of life very positively, and I am a happy individual that always has adventures on a daily basis regardless of what has or may occur in life. I look at it as a journey not a destination.”


Ben-Jones

BEN BURDICK

Billings, MT

“I am currently writing a novel, and I want to have it published.”


RIvianna

RIVIANNA HYATT

Oakland, CA

“The older I get, the more I recognize that there is no shame in growing up the way I did. In fact, it is essential to the person I have become.”


Kristopher-Sharp

KRISTOPHER SHARP

Houston, TX

“I think it is absolutely necessary that we have folks like myself in places where we can make a difference. If we don’t have a seat at the table, then we’re most certainly going to be on the menu.”


Michael-Sydlik

MICHAEL SYDLIK

San Francisco, CA

“I want to change the stigma of LGBT youth homelessness. I want to be a voice for people who don’t have one or are afraid to use it.”


AngelVan

ANGEL VANSTARK

San Francisco, CA

“I wake up and I’m grateful for the sky above me and the ground below me. If the sun can do it, I can, too!”


Thomas-Wilson

THOMAS WILSON

New York, NY

“You don’t have to accept the hand you’ve been given, you have the power to draw a new hand.”

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