And sadly, Evelyn Jane Saungikar, I’m not exaggerating. Everything I’m writing here is something that has actually happened to real people I know, though not necessarily in the way I tell it. I’m certainly taking a degree of artistic license in order to meet story-telling expectations.
I don’t think most folks are aware of how bad the homelessness problem really is among LGBTQ young people.
Also, it seems to be tough to elicit sympathy.
My kids in the story about conversion therapy were slightly younger than the vulnerable kids in this current story, but that seemed to make all the difference.
I’m writing a non-fiction piece at the moment where I’m going to try to address that.