Shorty here was getting ready for the rains when I ran into her this past weekend. She’s a strong-willed lesbian who is constantly berated and threatened because of her sexual orientation. I’ve posted about her before and her struggles with being a gay woman living on the streets of Skid Row. Even while speaking with her, we had to move down the road a ways to avoid confrontation mounting from a man who let us know he didn’t like her because she is gay. Shorty didn’t let it bring her down. She told me, she may not like him and others like him for their views, but she doesn’t hate them. At the end of the day it’s all about One Love. Then she pointed to the sky, referencing to her higher belief, and I snapped this photo of her. It’s always a pleasure to speak with Shorty when I run into her.
Suitcase Joe is a Los Angeles photographer who lives anonymously in our amongst. His Instagram page is an important document of our times. @suitcase_joe