Zachary Eason lives a life in the closet. By day, while studying to become a registered nurse, he works as a patient care technician at Tallahassee Memorial Urgent Care Center. By night, he becomes a different person: a drag queen.
Unbeknownst to his family, he has been doing drag since September. He was raised by a strictly conservative family; his father is a Southern Baptist minister. After coming out to his parents, they sent him to conversion therapy. Since then, Zachary has pretended to be straight, keeping that part of his life hidden away.
His boyfriend, Desmond, lets him keep his drag wardrobe inside of a small closet in Desmond’s apartment bedroom. Tucked away in the corner of that room is half of Zachary’s entire life. He goes there to escape the pressures of his parents and embrace his drag persona, Nia Morpho.
Tucked away out of sight on the outskirts of Gainesville, about two miles from the regional airport, there's a hidden community of about 200 homeless people in an area known as Dignity Village. Dignity is an encampment surrounding GRACE Marketplace, a low-barrier homeless shelter joint-funded by the city and Alachua County commissions.
Though the area for Dignity Village and GRACE Marketplace, a 10-acre sea of weathered tents, lived-in cars and scrappy structures, is often seen as a dreary place, there is a bright spot of optimism living within the community: 31-year-old resident Amanda Smith.