Alicia Crosby is the daughter of a Baptist minister, so when she turned 16 and began to question her sexuality, she felt she needed to repress her feelings in order to keep her familial relationships. Later, in college, her repression mixed with her religious beliefs led her down a path of self-hatred and anti-LGBTQ thoughts. However, she ultimately found the strength to come out at the age of 31 as queer, a term that refers to an identity other than straight or cisgender (or non-transgender). Following this, she co-founded the Center for Inclusivity, an organization that fosters important conversations across faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities to create shared community.
“The love of my community helps me find my words,” she said. “Their authenticity has pushed me to tear at the foundations of my fear and ignorance and start moving towards inquiry and understanding. Their presence inspires me to work to be more of who I am in all my queer, radical, subversive, passionate glory.”