It wasn’t until his freshman year in high school when he came out to his friends and family that Tarek Ali felt confident. All his life he had been teased for his weight and mannerisms that did not fit the standards of hypermasculinity. Ali’s newfound confidence gave him the ambition to run and be elected as the president of his high school’s Student Government Association, excel in academics, receive honor roll every semester, and participate in internships at the National Institutes of Health, and the Howard University Dental Clinic.

After realizing how beneficial ascertaining his sexual orientation and coming out was for him as a person and student, Tarek was immediately inclined to help other LGBT students in his community receive the same opportunity. He founded a club in his school titled Caring Colors, which gave LGBTQA students a safe place to meet and work on building the confidence of oneself. After realizing the positive effects it had on his school, he applied for the LGBT Liaison position on the executive board of Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Councils to spread the club to other schools in his county. After being appointed, Tarek began traveling to other schools giving presentations and advocating for gay students’ rights. What was once a club, now titled Caring Colors Empowerment Organization, is established in more than ten middle and high schools in Maryland.

Tarek also has always loved acting and entertaining. He plans to minor in theater while in college and looks forward to finding opportunities to act and perform throughout his life.