This June, we are honoring Pride and highlighting our LGBTQ+ members! Meet Alex!

“Hey everyone! I teach at MIllersville and run a non-profit. I was born in PA and left for 21 years but returned in 2016. I am glad to be back and plan to stay. I love living in Lancaster and hanging out at TCF. I love to be social, music, dinner out, board games, and travel. I travel a lot but when I’m here I’d love to hang out. I am single and happy to mingle. I’ve started a LGBTQI women-ish social group so let me know if you want to join. “

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: The first time I went to anything like a pride event it was at Provincetown MA (P-Town). For the longest time, I hid my true thoughts. But there everyone was out, not ashamed and free. It was terrifying and exhilarating. My life changed in an instant.”

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:The landmark Supreme Court case Bostock v. Clayton County, GA In June 2020 which said that you can’t fire LGBT people just for being LGBT. Before June, 2020 it was legal to say—oh you are gay—you are fired.”

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:I was deep in denial that I was gay. At the time, I had a supervisor that always dressed provocatively.  I was complaining to my colleagues about it because it was so distracting. They looked at me like I was crazy. I said What? One said that she never noticed it and just stared at me.  They all just stared at me. Then all of a sudden, I realized I was attracted to her in a way that straight women were not. I couldn’t deny it anymore and everyone knew. I was exposed. But they loved me so it was okay. After I came out, they all laughed with me about it. Because they all knew but I was so in denial. For them it wasn’t a big deal. I laugh now thinking about how obvious it was. “

Q: How has the Lancaster and/or TCF community impacted your LGBTQ+ journey? Any tips for connecting with others locally?

A: I love that even in Lancaster County—-I can find places like TCF where I can be myself 100%. AND I’m not the only one. There are friendly places but you are the unicorn. At TCF, I blend in. I love that. I am respected, honored but not objectified. There are 100 opportunities to get involved. Just do it. Stop making excuses. If you can’t find something you want to do—create it.”