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

Tabias Wilson has faced poverty and discrimination for his race and sexual orientation, but those experiences drive him to empower others.

He grew up in Kansas impoverished and discriminated against for his skin color and sexual orientation. His grandmother opened his eyes and mind at a young age, and he carried a passion to effect change to Tufts University and beyond. He pursued a career doing advocacy in the BlaQueer community through law, public speaking, and action, and hopes to help create a world where everyone’s individuality and humanity is respected.

“I think, really, if you get down to the root of what people want, people want to be free. People want to have the freedom to exist and be themselves,” Tabias said.

Tabias is pursuing his American dream by fighting for social justice issues because no one should have to live in fear of being who they are.