Elizabeth LopezAs part of LaGuardia’s Straight and Gay Alliance, Elizabeth has found comfort in the diverse groups of people she has met. “There are all different ethnicities . . . and we all have different ideas, so then when we all come together we can share . . . We might have different perspectives on things, but we're all open to hearing each other out.” Elizabeth rejects the idea of “coming out.” “It's not a big deal. Why is being gay or any other sexuality or anything, such a different than being straight? It's just . . . It's not like you even chose it. It was natural. So why is it being treated as if it was not?”

Elizabeth Lopez Photo Credit: Xue Xia