“I am proud of my friendships that have flourished since grade school. I’m proud of my commitment to my education that has allowed me to contribute as a social worker. I am proud of my willingness to recognize my area for growth to develop as a more socially aware and environmentally conscious citizen, knowing there will always be more to learn, and grateful to those who share their insights. I am proud of my LGBTQ community and the strength, beauty, and openness with which it welcomes each of us.”