Video posted on April 4, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

Star Palmer was kicked out of her home at the age of 15 because of her sexuality.

A black lesbian female, Star was outed by her aunt when she was in middle school. Her conservative church and family kicked her out and rejected her. Homeless for a time, principles and faith sustained her so that she could finish high school. Star adopted her son, Starshine while she was working as a union sheet metal worker. Recently, she gave up her high paying job for a lower paying, yet much more fulfilling, one working with LGBTQ teens to ensure that they don’t go through the same trauma that she did.

“My dream is to wake up every day and to be a loving parent, to love my job, to love the difference I’m making, and to leave a legacy,” Star said.

Star is pursuing the American dream by working for a non-profit, because sometimes fulfilling work is worth more than well-paying work.