Daniel always knew he was gay, but with a Southern Baptist minister as a father, coming out didn’t seem like an option. Read about his path to living authentically and discovering his dream career in fashion.
After realizing the needs of Houston’s LGBTQ community weren’t being met by any existing publications, Kelsey and Megan decided to create their own magazine that focused on queer southerners.
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.
As a gay man who spent most of his career in show business, Rev. Dr. Knight didn’t think being a minister was in the cards. But he eventually took the leap, and the openly gay pastor now leads an extraordinarily LGBTQ-friendly church in San Antonio.
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.
After a rough childhood, Alex was forced into homelessness. Helping hands got him off the streets, and he now gives back by volunteering as Sister Dottie Bair with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and working to end youth homelessness.