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Rafael has helped to bring attention to civil rights impacting LGBTQ youth in the East Bay, raise awareness among other queer youth and empower his peers to tell their stories.
Check out a few of Rafael’s stories below:
I’m queer, and black, and a big nerd, and I’ve always liked comic books. But it’s been hard to find characters who look and act like me, who aren’t offensive stereotypes, or worse, boring.
As a member of the Gay Straight Alliance, our group went from class to class sharing our stories and increasing people’s awareness of LGBT issues. But the first time I got in front of a class, I froze.
It’s enticing to imagine a magic pill that could bring about the end of AIDS. But a recent study of young people taking PrEP shows that they take it, at best, 60% of the time. And when you miss doses, the pill becomes less effective.