20 year-old, Cassius Antonio Cruz identifies his gender identity as Cis Male, his sexual orientation as complex & spontaneous" and his ethnicity as human. He is in transitional living in New York City. Text by A.B. "Dear five year old me, from this moment, so much will happen. Things you couldn't imagine, some good and some bad. The beauty about you is that you're strong, way stronger than you know. No matter how much the ground shakes beneath you or the times it feels like you'd be better off gone and never have to existed, but you are the embodiment of resilience, a fighter through and through. While the bullies will rear their ugly faces and self doubt will cloud your mind many a sleepless nights, promise yourself that you'll never give up and to never leave any stones unturned. You've always known your purpose and you've always known who you are. Your light is brighter than most. Keep shining. Long live A.B." New York, April, 2019.