Robin

Alexandria, VA

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My name is Robin. I’m a voracious reader, a board game enthusiast, a parent to both a daughter and two doggies, as well as being happily married to my wife of 16 years.  I am also a non-binary person.

 

Growing up, I was incredibly lucky to have the support of my family, especially, when at a very young age I was just beginning to understand my gender identity. My birth certificate said one thing, but I knew from as early as third grade that neither “male” nor “female” really captured my true self.  With the help of my friends and family, I have been able to transition to live my life as the person I have always known myself to be.

 

Seeing LGBT teachers in high school treated with respect and included as valuable members of the school community was so important for me.  It made me feel safe and connected, and now that I am a parent, I want to pay that forward.  I want young people to know that you don’t have to hide who you are, that you can be yourself and live a full and successful life if you are gay, transgender, or non-binary.

 

I recently served as the president of the Parent’s Association at my daughter’s school and when I introduced myself to the whole school community, I was very open about my gender identity and sexual orientation. I had multiple parents come up afterwards to thank me for having the strength to be so visible. Simply seeing a person like me in a position of leadership at school was impactful to their LGBT children at home.

 

Having protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations would mean the world to me because of the acceptance that’s implied. It’s like the state saying, “we see you, we support you, and we welcome you.”  Imagine the impact these protections would have on the LGBT youth growing up in Virginia. If I can make a difference by simply being visible, how much more would these laws empower and inspire the young people in our state?