But one day, Matt says, he was sitting in front of a building with three other guys when they heard a group of about a dozen people nearby. "When they said, 'We'll kill the faggots,' I knew we were in trouble," Matt says.
"I got up and ran. I made it to the alley. I went to the ground and they started kicking and beating and stomping. I really thought this was it. I was going to die a homeless kid and for no other reason than I was gay," he says. "The last thing I remember was a boot to my head and I was unconscious."