Syracuse University junior Nathan Shearn fights for LGBTQ rights around the world

At 16, Nathan Shearn was just learning about his sexual orientation. As he grew up, he felt he had no one to share his experiences with, and felt isolated after having changed schools four times. He was in a dark place.

Shearn thrived on relationships, discussion and dialogue — his father dubs him a conversationalist first and foremost — but this was a conversation he was fearful of initiating, so fearful that he attempted to harm himself before telling his father he was gay. But his family accepted him, and four years later, Shearn is a junior anthropology and Russian double major at Syracuse University, researching social justice and fighting to make a difference for himself and others in the LGBTQ community.

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