A few weeks ago I was able to photograph a fundraiser for one of my absolute favorite local organizations, Thrive Youth Center. They're the only overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth in Texas. Acceptance in society is essential for LGBTQ youth since many have no family support system to turn to, unfortunately this acceptance cannot be guaranteed at typical homeless shelters, many of which show opposition to sexual minorities. To make matters even more dire, 40% of the youth that are homeless are LGBTQ (while only an estimated 10% of the general population is LGBTQ).
Having such an amazing non-profit here in San Antonio is one of the reasons I am so proud to call this city home, but I also spent many-a-night volunteering at Thrive when they first opened their doors. Long story short, when I was asked to photograph the event I completely jumped at the opportunity. The event was hosted by the amazing drag queen Delighted Tobehere, and featured entertainment, amazing food, a silent auction, and a trivia competition. Huge thanks to the Bonham Exchange for providing the space for the event, and so many amazing people for turning out to support those in the LGBTQ community who currently have only Thrive to call home.