Michael Arceneaux (he/him) is the author of the 2018 essay collection I Can’t Date Jesus, a New York Times bestselling book. It focuses on his early life as a young Black gay man growing up in a religious household in the southern United States. His second book, I Don’t Want to Die Poor, came out in 2020 and expands on an essay Michael wrote for The New York Times describing his personal student loan debt and how income inequality often impacts Black and LGBTQ+ young adults.

Justin Tindall (he/they), our Director of Education and Global Programming, sat down recently with Michael on Instagram Live to discuss his latest book and his words of advice for LGBTQ+ youth today. Check out the full interview below available on IGTV.

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