‘I moved to Salt Lake City from Vermont to go to school. I was going through some rough patches. I had some real hopes and aspirations to do well and to start a new chapter in my life. When I got here, it wasn’t what I expected and I fell back into some old struggles in school and with depression. For a few months, I was on the verge of wanting to die every day but, one day, I woke up! I wasn’t going to school anymore and I didn’t have a place to stay. My family wasn’t backing me up and I thought, ‘I could fall back into my negative thinking and keep repeating my failures, or I can do something about this and I can change my life.’ So, I got back into my music and my writing and I’m finding fulfillment in that.

The thought of staying in small-town Vermont was repulsive to me. I wanted to be around people that will accept me and I wanted that feeling that I could be myself. I knew Salt Lake City was where I wanted to be because I’d been here before for treatment for drugs. I found a haven here. There’s a lot of counter-culture here that I really like and I feel accepted in that. I couldn’t be myself in Vermont but I can do it here. Being out as a woman who likes girls has been so empowering for me. I feel like I can be who I am. This is me and I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. That’s the nicest feeling. I’m free and I’m ready to take on life and to see where it takes me.

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