Keinon Carter and his friend Antonio Brown had gone to the bathroom at Orlando’s LGBT Pulse nightclub when they first heard gunshots.
Carter was shot twice by gunman Omar Mateen, and was one of 58 people wounded. His friend, Antonio Brown, unfortunately passed away, while Carter spend a month in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
Fast forward to today, a year later after the LGBT massacre (June 12, 2016), Carter is doing his best to continue with the support of his friends and family. The 32-year-old recently opened up to Orlando Weekly in an in-depth interview where he says that he wants to use some of the money he received from to open up his own organization in West Orlando.
He mentions how the organization will directed towards black LGBTQ youth, which would include a shelter, an HIV testing center and a place to be themselves.
“I just want to have my foot in the community,” he says. “I never imagined myself to be involved in something like that, but I want to be someone people can look up to.”
He continues, “I’m trying to find the door to my purpose now. I’m trying to change my life for the better.”
To read the rest of Keino Carter’s powerful story, head over to Orland Weekly by clicking here.