When Matthew entered his freshman year in college, he was disappointed by the lack of queer representation on his campus. However, throughout his four years in school, he has broken down many LGBTQ+ barriers.
Matthew Gates, 22, is from Bowie, Maryland and is currently studying Journalism at Hampton University. He is an active advocate for the queer and bleeding disorders community, using various platforms to spread awareness. As an Eagle Scout, one important slogan that Matthew carries, in his everyday life, is the saying "do a good turn daily." Matthew believes that kindness is contagious and when we allow ourselves to be a light and spread kindness, people find beauty in that are encouraged to do the same.