Twenty years ago today, our foster son, EJ Byington, ended his life in our home. He was seventeen. Charming, beautiful, creative and witty, EJ had a tremendous affect on almost everyone who knew him here in Omaha and across the country. He was a remarkable young man with courage and a willingness to be his unique self. His life was also framed by family suicides, addiction, homelessness, sexual abuse and violence and the, then, certain fatal sentence of an AIDS diagnosis. We were proud to welcome him in our home and we have been honored to be among those who preserve his memory.
“While he lived in San Francisco, EJ was a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the farcical drag nuns made famous by Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City book and PBS TV series. Because he would disappear and reappear for periods he was named Sister Lost-n-Found (later Saint Lost-n-Found). A member of the order relocated to Atlanta and founded a homeless shelter for LGBT youth and named it after EJ.
– Jim Cox, January 2015