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Queer Eye lesbian starts fundraiser so she can go back to college

Queer Eye lesbian starts fundraiser so she can go back to college

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One of the most popular star’s from the latest season of Queer Eye wants to go back to college.

Jess Guilbeaux, 23, the ‘hero’ in episode five of Queer Eye’s third season had to drop out of college because she could not afford it.

Guilbeaux’s adoptive parents kicked her out of home at the age of 16, forcing her to make her own way in life.

Eventually she enrolled into the University of Kansas to study computer science major, she eventually had to drop out because of mounting debt.

Since leaving college she has worked as a server at a local Greek restaurant and struggled to make ends meet.

College funds

So a woman named Vanessa, started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Guilbeaux’s college tuition.

‘Let’s send this smart and strong woman back to college to complete what she began and give her the future she deserves,’ Vanessa wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Clearly he story struck a nerve because in just two days the page has raised $16,015 of its $100,000 target.

Guilbeaux’s episode explored themes of identity, trust, pity and family. The 23-year-old had distances herself from people including her biological sister, because she worried people pitied her.

Karamo Brown – Queer Eye’s culture expert – helped Guilbeaux realize her potential as a ‘strong, black, lesbian woman’.

Watching her episode reminded her how far she had come since the Fab Five made her over.

‘I first of all forgot that I looked like that beforehand. I had forgotten what my hair looked like and everything, how I used to carry myself. It as hard to hear myself say such sad things, to be honest. I feel completely differently now,’ she told E!.

The Paramore fan said it was important to have queer stories told in popular media.

‘I just want people to hear this side of the story. I think the perspective of a queer black woman is not heard very much, especially ones that have been through a lot of things and didn’t grow up with all the privileges most people have to this day,’ she said.

‘I just want that story and that narrative to be told and heard and I wanted people who were struggling or going through things in any regard, but also specifically who are queer or black or women, to feel that they have someone out there who is rooting for them.’