Jared Williams is an education advocate, photographer, and writer from the suburbs of New Orleans. Jared studied communication research at Louisiana State University where he developed a love for engaging with people into a passion for communication theory. While there, Jared worked closely with the Office of Diversity to create a living and learning environment that celebrated the diversity of the university’s population. Post-graduation Jared went on to work as an advocate for educational equity in Louisiana, as a part of the broader movement to liberate people of color and marginalized communities across the United States. Jared shares his experiences in love and spiritual growth as an openly queer black man in the deep south.