Danny’s Story

heartland-housing-participants-76“My sisters said, ‘Oh, you’re gay? Get out of our home. I decided I needed to live my own life, and I came out of the closet.” Like many LGBT teens, Danny found himself without a home. “Some of the older people in the shelters like to prey on the younger people. A lot of men hit on me. It didn’t make me feel comfortable.”

“I got so much emotional support [in the Heartland Alliance program]. I had my ups and downs, but they helped me through. They let you make your own decisions. Everything I got at the program was great, and it was really important for me just to have a place to stay.” – Danny