Bryan

Ashburn, VA

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My name is Bryan, I’m 34 years old, I’m a political advocacy organizer and an ally to transgender people. I am a bisexual man and I’ve been standing up for LGBT equality since I got into politics in college. During that time I dated a non-binary person (who I’m still really good friends with) and they helped me realize how little I understood about transgender discrimination. Because of them, I’ve dedicated my career in LGBT advocacy to putting an intentional emphasis on the trans community.

 

In the work that I do, I get to see the benefits of uplifting trans people. I feel that it’s important to remind everyone that transgender people contribute to our society like everyone else. My friend I mentioned before is now a counselor, so they are actively seeking to help others. Nondiscrimination policies create more welcoming opportunities for trans people, which then encourages further devotion to their communities. Welcoming environments help everyone because they increase the number of people applying for jobs, which increases the likelihood of finding the best candidates. This leads to better doctors, lawyers, engineers, and workers in general.

 

I feel good knowing I work and live in a supportive environment. I want everyone to be able to feel that way, which is why I support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in housing and public employment.