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Meet Julia and Holly

BY: Ryan Bernsten

“To me, Pride in Action means being a role model to other people around the community and around the country. To be able to show them that you can start small, you can start anywhere. That one action can make ripples that you didn’t even know were possible until you try.”

– Julia (she/they)

Growing up in the South, Julia didn’t always see representation for people like her. After her best friend came out in middle school, Julia began exploring her sexuality and using she/they pronouns. Julia learned the importance of leadership, eventually becoming president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at her school. When she heard about book bans against LGBTQ+ affirming materials in her community, Julia began speaking out against them. There, she met Holly, a mother of two, who became her mentor. When things get tough, they inspire each other to build a world that’s more inclusive and representative for Julia and her friends and Holly’s daughter.

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