This June we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members by asking them a few questions so you can get to know them better. Meet Melody!
Melody is a Pro Makeup Artist and Licensed Educator. For the past 22 years she has been teaching makeup routines that help people look and feel like the best version of themselves. She is one of the go-to makeup artists for the LGBTQ community for teaching gender affirming makeup lessons and techniques that feel like an authentic expression of self.
She also works very closely with local 40+ entrepreneurs who find themselves on camera and stage and need more guidance on how to elevate their look to suit the occasion.
Q: What are some of your most cherished moments or memories from past Pride celebrations? Is there a particular Pride event or experience that stands out to you?
A:“I don’t have a particular event or experience that stands out to me, but one of the things that always rings true at the Pride events is the level of love, acceptance, and creativity that is displayed. Our community loves hard and plays hard and we are grateful to have an event to openly express that.”
Q: In your opinion, what is the most significant progress or positive change that the LGBTQ+ community has achieved in recent years? How does it inspire you personally?
A: “I would say the opening of The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition & The Loop. Our community was lacking a truly inclusive and safe space for us to receive some of the supportive services that are unique to us. We now have that, and it’s inspiring for me to see that our city is progressing in this direction.”
Q: Can you share a heartwarming or funny anecdote related to your LGBTQ+ journey or experiences? Something that brings a smile to your face when you think about it during Pride Month.
A: “Something that always warms my heart is the look that I see on my clients faces during their private makeup lessons with me. When they look in the mirror and pour acceptance and celebration into what they see, I feel so blessed! There is something truly healing that happens when you create a safe space for someone who hasn’t always had the privilege of living and expressing their authentic self.”
Q: How has the Lancaster and/or TCF community impacted your LGBTQ+ journey? Any tips for connecting with others locally?
A:“I was introduced to the LGBTQ+ coalition while working at TCF. Throughout the interaction, I have been able to meet, become friends with and support people who have become chosen family. I highly recommend connecting with other locally through visiting The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition & The Loop. Maybe volunteer at Pride, or join a board that supports our LGBTQ+ community members.”
Check out Melody here to see her incredible work showcased and get in touch with her!https://www.instagram.com/makeup_and_magick/