This is Emily. My friend, my teammate, and fellow classmate.
Emily graduated from Webster Schroeder in 2017 and played soccer and ran for their high school team. She still holds the school's record in the mile.
Currently, Emily is 19 years old and a sophomore at Canisius College. She runs for their Division I Cross Country and Track programs and is going for her business degree.
In August of this year, our friend Emily was kicked out of her home. Her parents found out that she has a girlfriend through her social media, and they gave her the choice; come home and go to therapy or stay at school and be completely cut off. She chose the latter and has been doing her best to stay afloat in college without the financial support of her parents.
Her parent's response has put a lot of emotional weight on Emily. Luckily, she was already moved into her dorm when Emily’s parents found out. Her parents responded with hate: aggressive texts blaming her and they even dumped of all her stuff she had left at home such as baby pictures, old clothes, childhood toys, etc. into the trunk of her car.
To stay in school, Emily works two jobs: one at Wegmans and the other, a work study job on campus. She is on her way to declaring herself an independent and hard working individual but has been struggling to support herself while completing schoolwork and competing at a high level. All the working, running, and school assignments leave Emily no time to actually be a kid in college.
Emily has no home, and has no family supporting her. In 2019, she will no longer be on her parents health care plan and will have a whole new set of expenses to be covered. She was kicked out of her home for being herself. No one deserves to have their home and siblings taken away from them for being their true selves. Though she has made a new home in Buffalo through her teammates and her girlfriend, Justyna, we can no longer stand by and do nothing.
Please consider helping our friend Emily. Any amount of money will help her to buy groceries, finance to finish school, or cover insurance. Help her focus on school instead of working to make ends meet. No one thought that her coming out would have such a drastic effect. This should not be happening in today’s society. Help her feel accepted. Help her feel like herself.