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On Monday, a gay teen in Elizabeth, Kentucky, reached out to Michelle Visage, a longtime LGBT ally and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, after he was kicked out his home for coming out to his parents. “Tell me it gets better,” he asked her.
Visage reassured 18-year-old Jake that his “life was just beginning,” and asked him if had a place to stay. When he told her that he was sleeping in his car, which he had to give back to his parents in the morning, she sent out an urgent plea to find him somewhere to go.
I need urgent help I Elizabethtown, KY. LGBT shelter for a kid who came out and was kicked out. PLEASE HELP
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) October 18, 2016
It wasn’t long before the offers to help came pouring in.
This morning, Visage let her followers know that Jake is safely living with a friend and will continue to update if he needs a place.
Update: Jake is safely at a friend’s place and he’s keeping me updated. He’s assured me he’s safe. Bless you all for helping
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) October 19, 2016
As many pointed out on Reddit, Visage is a straight ally who has worked against hate crimes and for LGBT rights since the 1980s, when she was a part of New York’s underground ballroom scene. Last year, she won the Straight Ally Award in Glasgow.
Screengrab via Reddit
Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.