I get it! I look like the typical thug you will find in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout most of California. I know I am immediately judged by my cover. People mistake my form of self-expression for some sort of territorial gang branding. I am gay, latino, well-educated (Master’s Degrees), family-oriented and a philanthropist. Judging me on my looks alone robs individuals of getting to know a beautiful person. For some I’m “white-washed” for others I’m “a thug.” A tough position to be in when all I want to do is contribute to the betterment of our society. Be colorblind and open the door for endless opportunities.