After I graduate college in May, I plan on soon getting into the film industry bringing a voice to people that might not have one. Films have always been my passion. And a good film moves you to do something, I believe talking about issues that are important but swept under the rug could make people do something. That’s what motivates me to continue in this field. I want to create visual pieces that move people to think differently than before and experience something new. I want to be someone who can create art in the form of film for people to enjoy and get their own personal message from.
I have been very interested in not only bringing more awareness to the issue of trans youth homelessness but trying to do something to prevent it further and helping those who have been affected. I am planning on contacting LGBTQ organizations like True Colors Fund to see if there is anything I can do as of now because it is a problem that not too many people are aware of. Being transgender myself I have more of a vested interest because I don’t want these kids going through life thinking they are alone. Embracing your gender can be tough for children growing up. The last thing these kids needs is their parents or guardians telling them they are wrong.
My teachers have always been the reason I maintain interest in academic settings. A teacher who is passionate about their work is inspiring, not only to accomplish more in that field but also to put that sort of dedication to your own passion. Teachers at Shepherd University have inspired me and opened my eyes to things I never even contemplated. What really means a lot is when these teachers encourage me to do my best and give me positive reinforcement when I succeed on a task I put a lot of work into. The teachers who teach me about passion inspire me to try and do great things for the people around me.
Being a transgender woman, I have been exposed to a lot harsher realities that I wasn’t aware of before coming out. One huge issue is family acceptance. All too often trans children face rejection from their families in the form of abuse, conversion therapy, or being forced out of their home. Trans youth homelessness is one of the highest rates of the homeless population. A lot of the time these are kids that need access to proper medical care if they have transitioned or seek to transition. A lot of time these kids are homeless because they come from a family that won’t accept them or kicked them out and that’s horrible. This is a topic that needs some more light shed on it. ~ Blair Cherelstein
If you want to get to know me…
I am 22 years old and a Student at Shepherd University. I will be graduating this spring and will continue to live in Shepherdstown. I am originally from Westminster Maryland, home of McDaniel College. Growing up in Westminster exposed me to some interesting things. This area while having lots of farmland was always very urban as well. There is always something to do there. I’ve lived there my whole life except for college. As a child struggling with gender and sexuality even from a young age, being from a fairly conservative part of the state made it hard to express those feelings without facing some sort of backlash. As a child I remember playing soccer for different teams in the area or hanging out with friends from school but going through teen years proved to give me a different outlook on my hometown. I still visit and reminisce of old stories that happened there but moving forward is always good. Now that I have gotten older my interests have changed from action figures, and sports, and cartoons to film, social media, and cartoons. Having almost graduated college I look back and don’t regret my decisions, I instead look forward to what the future holds in store. I plan on working in the film industry out of college and shortly moving West to start a more permanent life.