As a transportation engineer, trans woman, and special needs parent, Danielle Skidmore brings a unique blend of perspectives as she runs for Austin City Council this November.
Yoga and meditation are what helped Kelly Marshall come to terms with their gender identity. They now run a business offering yoga therapy, massage, mindfulness, Reiki, and other healing tools to the LGBTQ+ community — especially since many don’t feel welcome in traditional wellness spaces.
Growing up in a devout Catholic family, Cole struggled to come to terms with her lesbian identity. But she now runs GAYTX, a company working to empower the community with pride and introduce a new LGBTQ sizing system.
Rachel grew up in a large family on a tight budget, and socks were hard to come by. When she wanted a way to supplement her teaching income, she started Pride Socks to empower anyone — but especially the LGBTQ+ community — to cultivate a sense of pride.
When Michelle and Kelly each moved to Austin to start over, they didn’t know other gay women. They met and decided to start hosting events to build a community for LGBTQ women, and the newly-engaged couple is now hosting Austin Pride’s official women’s events.
When Rocky considered transitioning genders, he thought it might be too late and wasn’t sure if he’d ever meet a partner who accepted him fully. Luckily he found Sarah, a queer woman, and together they work to be visible as an interracial trans-cis couple.
Alicia’s job entails helping young women tell their stories to create positive change in the world, but she didn’t feel safe sharing her own story. Here’s her path to self-acceptance and eventually coming out as intersex — in front of the Texas legislature.
Hannah thought she was only interested in women. Then she met Peter at the beginning of his transition from female to male and fell in love and took a chance. This is the story of their relationship and how Peter’s transition has impacted Hannah’s identity.
After coming out and feeling rejected by his family and church, Brad also struggled to feel a sense of belonging in the gay community due to his faith. Here’s how he reconciled these two parts of his identity and found a welcoming spiritual home and partner.