Crowdfunding campaign started to get ‘Queer Eye’ hero Jess back to uni

Queer Eye season 3 hero Jess
Photo: Instagram

One of the highlights of the new series of Queer Eye – released on Netflix last Friday – is the story of the show’s first lesbian hero, the 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux.

In her episode of the show, titled “Black Girl Magic”, Jess (pictured) tells the Fab Five she came out to her religious, adoptive family at 16 years old, but was shunned by them as a result.

She’s had to take care of herself since then, she explained, while also struggling with coming to terms with her identity as a black lesbian woman.

“I had pretty much given up on kind, genuine people,” Jess tell them.

“I just feel like, maybe, family is not something that I’m going to have.”

We won’t give away the ending, but Jess’ story has left Queer Eye fans very emotional.

Jess wrote on Instagram that her Queer Eye experience had been “life changing”.

“I learned how to love my natural curls, love my highly melanated skin, and all of what makes up who I am (a fierce gay kween™️),” she wrote.

“My heart is so full and happy and this is only the beginning!!”

A fan of the show also started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign, which Jess now has control over, to raise money for her education.

In less than 24 hours the Gofundme page has raised close to $8,000.

“[Jess] started taking classes at the University of Kansas as a Computer Science major but had to drop out due to debt,” the page reads.

“Let’s send this smart and strong woman back to college to complete what she began and give her the future she deserves.”

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