Robert grew up in a conservative multi-generational Mormon household. When his family found out that he was gay, he was kicked out and disowned. Robert took what little money and clothing he had and bought a Greyhound bus ticket to Portland, Oregon.|
“My first night sleeping on the street was very cold and rainy. On my second night in an effort to try to sleep indoors out of the cold put me in a situation that ended with me being raped. A few days later I found a shelter for homeless youth. In the following months the shelter helped me find a paid internship and permanent housing. After 3 months I finally had a job, my own apartment and most importantly a safe place to sleep at night.”
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California Robert has traveled the country fighting for Full Federal Equality. He has shared his personal story, worked with faith groups and equality organizations, and even planned and/or participated in direct action and civil disobedience.
Robert's focus in Affirmation has been young adults, suicide and homelessness prevention, outreach, advocacy, and membership.