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43 – Derrick Davis

Gay (he/him) // Dallas, TX // Works in banking. Loves fashion & going out with friends. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I knew something was different within me when I was probably 13 or 14… after battling through the whole sexual orientation issue… where you know straightContinue reading “43 – Derrick Davis”

42 – Carla Wilson

Lesbian/Queer (she/her) // Dallas, TX // PHD candidate, working on a dissertation in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University – Research area: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “The whole coming out thing for me has been different because thereContinue reading “42 – Carla Wilson”

39 – Mary Gibson

Gay/Lesbian (she/her) // Colorado Springs, CO // Mother of one son. Musician-singer/songwriter. Loves working out. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I probably first realized it when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I just knew there was something different about myself. I was very much aContinue reading “39 – Mary Gibson”

38 – Svetlana Baldovi

Queer (he/she/them) // Colorado Springs, CO // Still figuring things out at 50 and avoiding the boxes as much as possible. Freelancing Pirate. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “It took me a long time, because I grew up in rural Idaho. Good little redneck girl. No roleContinue reading “38 – Svetlana Baldovi”

37 – Ben Anderson

Identifies as Male (he/him) // Colorado Springs, CO // Dad. Hairdresser. Fabulous Woman on the Weekends – Gemini Skye. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I kind of felt growing up when I was really young that I maybe, possibly might not have been fully a boy… itContinue reading “37 – Ben Anderson”

36 – Edie Carey

Queer (she/her) // Colorado Springs, CO // Mom. Wife. Touring Singer Songwriter. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I had my first crush on a woman when I was a summer nanny in high school, and I just adored this woman whose kids I was taking care of.Continue reading “36 – Edie Carey”

35 – Kirby Oliver

Lesbian/Genderqueer (she/her) // Married to Andrea Muffly // Colorado Springs, CO // 9 years in the Army Band. Loves the outdoors. Antique radio collector. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know something was different? “Definitely early on, as far back as I can remember… 4,5,6… It took a veryContinue reading “35 – Kirby Oliver”

34 – Andrea Muffly

Lesbian (she/her) // Married to Kirby Oliver // Colorado Springs, CO // Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Wife. Queer Friends Founder. Chicken Mom. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know something was different? “I knew pretty early on, but didn’t have the words to describe it, or even know what ‘it’Continue reading “34 – Andrea Muffly”

33 – Madison Guillot

Transgender Woman (she/her) // Colorado Springs, CO // Loves meeting new people. Loves cooking. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “Around 3 or 4 years old.  I just remember never fitting in, never wanting to do things other boys would do. I would always play with my littleContinue reading “33 – Madison Guillot”

32 – Joseph Shelton

Gay (he/him) // Colorado Springs, CO // First openly gay person to run for office in Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I went through the early years of my life – elementary, beginning of 6th gradeContinue reading “32 – Joseph Shelton”

31 – Monica Podlecki

Queer (she/her) // Colorado Springs, CO // Interior Design student at Pikes Peak Community College With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know something was different? “Gosh, I honestly didn’t even know what being gay was until high school. I was kinda of a sheltered kid, not because of myContinue reading “31 – Monica Podlecki”

30 – Alissa Smith

Lesbian (she/her or they/them) // Colorado Springs, CO // Culture & Calendar Editor for the Colorado Springs Independent. Edits and contributes to the Queer & There column. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “Most everyone I know knew before I did, which is hilarious to me, because IContinue reading “30 – Alissa Smith”

29 – Worthy Johnson

Lesbian (she/her) // Colorado Springs, CO // Mom. Trying to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “You know honestly it’s crazy because when we talk about being shut out as a child growing up in a conservativeContinue reading “29 – Worthy Johnson”

28 – Jak Montanes

16 years old // Transgender Queer (he/him) // Colorado Springs, CO // Just a queer kid trying to make it through life. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “When it comes to me coming out as transgender… it was only a recent discovery for me. About 7 orContinue reading “28 – Jak Montanes”

27 – Susan Peiffer

Queer Femme (she/her) // Married to Jesse Terpstra (16 years, open commitment) // Colorado Springs, CO // Poet. Educator. Community Activator. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know…. “I probably didn’t know to feel that something was different until I was in high school. The only reason – andContinue reading “27 – Susan Peiffer”

26 – Liz Jones

Asexual (she/her) / Colorado Springs, CO / Full-Time Student. LOVES History. Mentor. Quilter. Gamer. With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know? “Yeah, I would say from fifth or sixth grade, about that time. People were hit with the hormone bug, except me. You know when everybody leaves for theContinue reading “26 – Liz Jones”

25 – Candice Hickerson

Queer (they/them) // Colorado Springs, CO // Dog Lover. Favorite Uncle. Hobby YouTuber. On gender identity and pronouns… “Over the past year, I have really started realizing and coming to terms with… ‘Oh, I’m non-binary!’ Having befriended Shania [Howells], who studies these things… they gave me words. Then I was like, ‘Oh, I fit that…’Continue reading “25 – Candice Hickerson”

24 – Xani

Gay/Non-Binary (they/them) / Denver, CO / Drag Performer – Alexandre Valentino Shayne & Heaux Leigh Sheet With the infinite possibilities of gender identity and expression, when did you know? “Growing up, I was taught to be highly effeminate. I did a lot of theater as a kid, and I would always gravitate toward male roles.Continue reading “24 – Xani”

23 – Lindsay Facknitz

(she/her) // Married to Jeremy Facknitz // Colorado Springs, CO // Mother. Songwriter. Where do you feel you identify in the LGBTQ+ Spectrum? “In the Kinsey Scale-esque kind of area, I don’t even remember what the numbers are… Like 0 is, super, super straight, and 6 is nothing but gay. I’d say I’m definitely inContinue reading “23 – Lindsay Facknitz”

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