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I believe that only when youth are given accurate and complete information can they truly make informed decisions about their lives.

Ernesto, 22, is the Youth Technology Specialist at the Cascade AIDS Project, and an online peer educator with YouthResource.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have worked tirelessly for almost a decade as an advocate to Queer, Homeless, and other at risk youth, volunteering for 12 local and national youth serving organizations to create a youth empowerment model of programming. I believe that only when youth are given accurate and complete information can they truly make informed decisions about their lives.

Coming out at the age of 14, I found it increasingly difficult to find a community I could FULLY identify with. As a queer person of color (QPOC) I found myself lacking adult role-models who I could one day aspire to be like. I couldn’t relate to my peers because none of them were Gay or Latino or both. I found myself being forced to choose a single identity. Realizing my full identity has been a process I’ve had to go through, all the while trying to navigate just trying to grow up as a cis-gendered boy.

I am passionate about many social justice issues including, immigration, LGBT rights, Youth/Adult Partnerships, women's rights and youth rights. Most recently I have been working on marriage equality as well as providing comprehensive sex education in all schools. My passions drive my work and my work allows me to make a difference in the life of my peers.

I am here to answer any questions you might have about being a queer youth of color, an activist or an immigrant. Tambien hablo espanol si tienes preguntas que no puedes traducir. I am always happy to answer any question and will do my best to provide you the best answer possible.

 
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