I went to the Time Out Youth Program in Charlotte, NC today to donate a stack of books. Two kind people responded to my request and I am grateful for their kindness. When I arrived to drop them off the director of the program was ecstatic. A ten dollar book. My book costs less than a pack of cigarettes does in NYC. They beamed as if I had written a large check to help them house and feed some of these kids. I am humbled by their amazing gratitude.
I don’t want people to get tired of me asking for donations. I can’t help myself. There are too many homeless teens for me to ignore them. Once I saw the video of the homeless youth, I found out that 40% of youth are homeless due to their sexuality. Not because they are mean or hateful. Not because they use drugs or commit crimes. They are homeless because of who they love.
I know I mentioned this in a previous post but felt it needed to be repeated. Many parents have discarded their children for something that I KNOW is NOT a choice. It is not a learned behavior. I don’t need a scientist to tell me the cause. I don’t need a bigot or someone toting a Bible to tell me the cause either. Life experiences tell me that this is not a choice. It’s quite simple. If you know that you’ll be hated for something, you wouldn’t make a choice to do it anyway. It’s not scientific. Its life and love.
My goal is to publish as many books as I am able to publish. I will donate a portion of the proceeds for each book to LGBTQ youth. I will be publishing in different genres and my promise is to do the same for the books I publish outside of the LGBTQ genre. I am committed to helping eradicate homelessness with this population. My dreams are being realized and as long as I have breath, I will pay it forward. My donations will grow as my ability does.
I would like to thank everyone who has already purchased my book. Your purchase is counted in my quarterly donation as well. Thanks to everyone who has and will donate a paperback copy to the library at the Time Out Youth program and The Ali Forney Center. You have no idea how big this small gesture is to these teens.