Fear around gender and orientation can often be linked to substance abuse, homelessness, and families torn apart. Residents of Camillus House, which provides comprehensive support to the poor and homeless population throughout Miami-Dade County, courageously shared how stigma surrounding gender and orientation has impacted their lives.
“Being black and gay is unacceptable in my community. Drugs were my escape. This is the first time I’m talking about this openly.”
“I haven’t spoken to my daughter in over 20 years since she came out to me as a lesbian. I always thought because it went against my religion, I couldn’t accept her. I am going to call her today.”
“When I first came out 10 years ago, I felt so alone. Finally today, I feel like it’s okay to be me.”
Thank you, Camillus, for your commitment to addressing the source of challenges facing valuable members of our community.