Miller grew up in a rigid and oppressive household in the greater Sacramento area and found himself feeling very alone and misunderstood at a young age.

He first came out in 7th grade and continued doing year after year because his family consistently rejected his identity and feelings. Miller’s family even exorcised him in an attempt to not only expel and cure him of his sexual identity but also to rid him of the Tourette’s.

He was eventually kicked out and found himself among the more than 25% of LGBT youth who are homeless.

Miller then discovered the Center’s Q-Spot Drop-In Center; a special place for at-risk and homeless LGBT youth to get resources and services and feel welcome, needed and safe. Miller was welcomed into the Q-Spot and to the Center’s youth groups. He enjoys his time here so he attended frequently.

He now is a Peer Advocate in the Center’s Youth Program and states, “I do not know what I would have done with myself without the Center. The Center is my family now.”

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