I grew up in Indiana in an extremely closed and oppressive community. I left for San Francisco California at the age of 21 and my entire life changed. As I came out in a supportive, politically exploding San Francisco, I was also completely disowned by my mother. I was never able to reconnect with her, but I was able to surround myself in a new and exciting LBGTQ family and community of choice. I was hired at UCSF and over those early years I became more and more aware of the disparities in healthcare services for women, and the complete lack of healthcare directed at the unique needs of Lesbians. I became a Founding Member of Lyon-Martin Women’s Services to specifically address those needs for Lesbians in the Bay Area. Over 40 years later, Lyon-Martin is still providing those services and has led to important research and expanding awareness of the specific health needs of the entire LGBTQ community.
When I moved to Wilmington four years ago, I had already connected with many LGBTQ activists here through the internet. I knew about the Frank Harr Foundation and SAGE. I wanted to have a safe and supportive community but also continue to make a difference within our community. I was invited to be a board member of the Frank Harr Foundation and eventually became Chair of SAGE Wilmington.
I look forward to continuing to help build and expand LGBTQ services and involvement as a vital presence in the City of Wilmington.