From the Philadelphia Gay News:
Joseph Hill-Coles was born to a drug-addicted mother in Philadelphia and entered the foster-care system at the age of 3. Although he was adopted by a single mother when he was 10, he said he was an angry kid. He got kicked out of several schools before being arrested at 17.
“When I got out, it was all about survival,” Hill-Coles said. “I house-hopped until I wore out my welcome.”