How do you identify? I embrace a queer identity, but I'm not inclined to adhere strictly to labels. I prefer identifying as an individual within the LGBTQ community.
I currently work for Holy Cross Health and serve as the Community Outreach Coordinator for HIV Self-Testing. My active involvement in the LGBTQ community revolves around enhancing access to health services in Broward County.
Where do you live?
What are you looking for in a partner?
I am seeking an individual who not only finds immense joy in their volunteer work and passions but also exudes vibrant energy, confidence, care, and love. I highly value someone who appreciates camaraderie, is self-sufficient, and brings a dynamic presence to the table. I am enthusiastic about embracing and valuing cultural differences in our approach to learning and navigating relationships. Furthermore, I am keen on connecting with someone who is not only comfortable sharing the limelight but brings their own energy and enthusiasm to the shared experiences we create.
Biggest turn off?
A combination of arrogance, sloppiness, and individuals who lack clear goals in life. When present in a potential partner, it is likely to diminish my interest or attraction.
Biggest turn on?
I am particularly drawn to confidence, internal beauty, and energy as my main turn-ons. The captivating spark that emerges when connecting with someone on an energetic level ignites a strong interest and inspires me to pursue meaningful connections.
I am an accomplished mixed media artist, with a specific expertise in crafting textile creations utilizing resin. Complementing my artistic pursuits, I am a lifelong learner and am presently engaged in academic endeavors, studying Health Care Service Administration at Keiser University.
Any charitable/volunteer work?
I currently serve as the Vice Chair for the Broward County HIV Health Services Planning Council, where my advocacy is focused on empowering individuals within the HIV community. My approach involves harnessing the collective power of voices, providing platforms for marginalized communities, and ensuring that those directly affected have a significant role in shaping policies that directly impact their lives. I am dedicated to creating a more robust and resilient HIV community through initiatives such as mentorship programs, leadership development, and capacity-building efforts.
I share my home with a delightful Yorkshire Terrier named Oz, who is 4 years old and holds the title of the spoiled prince in our household. Additionally, I have a 38-year-old daughter and a 33-year-old son, both residing out of state.
What’s your love language?
Among the five love languages, Physical Touch stands out as my primary preference. Being a passionate individual, I find great joy in physical expressions of affection. Following closely is my appreciation for Quality Time.
What’s your favorite date night activity?
Personally, I'm grateful for the expansive circle of friends that graces my life, allowing me to frequently engage with the community. Ideally, a perfect night entails a splendid dinner accompanied by meaningful conversations, culminating in a leisurely stroll along the beach under the stars. While I may not be an ardent sun worshiper, the allure of beach evenings holds a special place in my heart.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I frequently find amusement in the inquiry about my guilty pleasure. Surprisingly, it's indulging in the “Real Housewives” series. Coming home from work or an event and immersing myself in this reality show, which showcases behaviors one "SHOULD NOT" exhibit in public, serves as a reminder and anchor to the person I am and aspire to remain.
One obscure fact about yourself:
A surprising fact: I served as a children's pastor in Indiana. As an adult in the LGBTQ community, I explored church dynamics on homosexuality, deepening my awareness and commitment to inclusivity. Studying scripture inspired me, guiding my push for empathy in religious spaces. These insights gained significance when I came out, enriching my understanding of faith, acceptance, and the LGBTQ journey.
What’s Your Motto?
I proudly embrace two mottos that stem from my disruptive advocacy in the community:
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." - Mother Theresa.
"Disrupting Norms, Empowering Lives: Advocating for a Future Free from the Burden of HIV/AIDS."
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