Rebecca “Becka” Lewis was born in 1985 in Boise, Idaho. Becka identifies as a lesbian, Hispanic female who feels that her “growing up was very different.” Becka came out at the age of 16, as a sophomore in high school, and shortly thereafter met her current partner, Makayla. Her experience focuses on discovering her sexuality in high school, the reaction of her parents, and coming out to the community in a very public way after running away from home.
Ellen DeGeneres, running away, hate crimes, mentoring, “It Gets Better” campaign, high school
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