Invisible No More
"If I can help at least one young man or woman realize that they have the strength and support to be themselves both on and off the field, then I will know I have done something good with my life."
Equality Through Visibility
A former division-one track athlete and two-time member of the US National Quidditch team, sports have always been at the center of my life. Growing up, however, I felt a disconnect from my teammates and peers because of the homophobic atmosphere sports often perpetuated.
For years I was afraid to come out, and when I finally had the strength to do so, I felt I had to work twice as hard to earn respect from others. Whether or not that was actually true, the emotional impact of my past experiences made me feel inferior. I had to run faster. Tackle harder. Score more. I had to make up for who I was and, even if I was the best athlete on the field, I still felt a need to prove I was as good as anyone else.
Through years of support, growth, and experience, I was able to find and embrace my true self. Now, I feel my purpose is to give back – to be an example for those who still feel lost, alone, and who are just looking to find someone like themselves represented in the world around them.
In 2016 I was honored to join the Athlete Ally team, becoming the first representative from Major League Quidditch in the nonprofit's efforts to end homophobia and transphobia in sport.
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In addition to my proud support of Athlete Ally, I have had the privilege of working with amazing advocacy organizations such as the HRC, GLAAD, as well as local groups. I am always looking for new ways to support the LGBTQ+ community in our fight for both equality and acceptance. Check out the links above to get involved with Athlete Ally yourself, to donate to my #RunProud fundraising efforts, to shop Prideletics gear, or to contact me about possible partnerships, volunteering, or work opportunities related to LGBTQ+ advocacy.