City & State: New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
Tell us about yourself outside of NEAT volunteering! (e.g. work, family, hobbies)
I’m an aspiring stage actor studying in Philadelphia, but I was born in New York! I was raised by my two moms, and we have a little dog named Luna. Aside from acting, I also really enjoy photography and learning American Sign Language.
What's your connection to LGBTQ+ justice work:
Besides being raised by lesbians, my parents are actually big activists in LGBTQ+ justice work themselves! So I was quite literally raised going to rallies and fundraisers. In addition, I’m queer, as are many of my friends, so it's important for my whole family to make sure we have the rights we deserve.
What is your volunteer role(s) at NEAT? What inspired you to get involved?
I make most of the graphics that are posted on our social media accounts. I’ve also written a couple of articles on NEAT’s website about LGBTQ+ icons. This volunteer position originally started as an interesting way to fill a boring summer break I was having, but now it is something I am involved with along with college.
Share a memory from volunteering that sticks out in your mind.
This past summer when I was in the NEAT office making my first graphic, it became a team effort. Everyone was trying to figure out how to use the software, and we were all so proud and excited when the final product eventually came out. It really felt like a tight-knit team in that moment.
What would you say to anyone considering volunteering with NEAT?
You should! It's very good to know that you are actually taking a part in creating the change you wish to see in the world. Especially now, we can't afford to sit idly by when there are people that need to be fought for. Also, the people at NEAT are very personable. :)