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

Suzette Mullen (she/her) is a memoir and nonfiction book coach, speaker, retreat leader, and the author of the memoir The Only Way Through Is Out, forthcoming February 2024 from the University of Wisconsin Press. Suzette builds safe and supportive communities for queer writers and is a frequent guest on podcasts where she shares her hopeful and inspiring message that it’s never too late to change your story. Suzette is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Wellesley College and holds a certificate in spiritual formation through Columbia Theological Seminary.

The proud mom of two adult sons, she lives in Lancaster City with her wife and their nine-pound rescue pup. We asked Suzette a few questions about Pride and what it means to her.

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: “My first ever Pride event was Lancaster Pride 2017, shortly after I came out and moved to Lancaster. With trepidation, I walked through the streets of Lancaster, holding the hand of the woman who would later become my wife, and wearing a gray tank top emblazoned with these words: NOBODY KNOWS I’M A LESBIAN. Now, of course, everyone did.”

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 love the openness I see in younger generations and their willingness to support each other in how they express their sexuality and gender.

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: My younger son accompanied me to Lancaster Pride 2017, for each of our first Pride event ever. As we circled the booths, he said: “It’s like a giant gay craft fair.” 🙂


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

A: “From Day One, I’ve felt comfortable being myself at TCF. Thank you for that.”

Learn more about Suzette and her work here. Thank you Suzette for making an impact and for being part of our community.