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Episode 3: Finding Myself

Featuring Daniel

Daniel doesn’t sugarcoat anything in this discussion about hiding certain parts of himself while he was in foster care and ever since becoming more of his full authentic self each day. He shares why he didn’t feel comfortable coming out as gay when he was growing up, what motivates him to be an advocate for the gay community now, and bringing “me and all of my selves.”

Content warning: This episode touches on topics that may be upsetting or triggering for some listeners, including homophobia, abuse, mental health and past trauma. This warning is to empower listeners with the knowledge you need to make healthy decisions about how and if you should consume this podcast content. Don’t hesitate to use the resources listed in the show notes if you need support.


Kat (she/her) is a former foster youth and RHEP Youth Advisory Board member.

Daniel (he/him) is a former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member, Advocate, and Poet.

Self-Taught is produced in California. If laws, policies and programs are discussed in an episode, these may be specific to California. Listeners from other locations should check out their own state’s or country’s laws and programs – and if you need help finding your state’s laws, reach out to us at

Episode Resources

  • Learn more about the Social Justice Learning Institute here.
  • Learn more about the L.A. Opportunity Youth Collaborative here.
  • Learn more about Street Poets Inc. here.

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