Josie

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Josie

(she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)

Josie grew up in central Michigan, after finishing high school she attended university where she graduated with a degree from the school of Community and Public Services. After a life of questioning her gender identity she began to do some digging. After a few quick phone calls to the Out Boulder County office she learned that the trans community in Boulder was the place that she wanted to pursue her transition. In the summer of 2016 she packed up her car and drove across the country to Colorado. When she first got to Boulder she didn't know a single person, didn't have any job prospects, and was beginning to explore what gender meant to her. It was only a week after arriving that she attended her first Boulder County Gender Support group at the Pride house. Attending the group meeting regularly she began to feel confident with her decision to move and felt at home when surrounded by a community of people that shared her experiences. Since then she has taken on a role a front office and event volunteer, BCGS group facilitator, and began to work with other queer non-profits in Boulder County.

"The reason I love to volunteer so much is because I get to see the work that the staff does and how it directly effects my community. Being able to help create spaces that queer identifying people feel safe has become a passion of mine. When I first arrived to Boulder I didn't know what my future held, and I had no idea I would be where I am today. But through the work that the staff at OBC does I began to feel welcomed, through their events, support groups, and the time I spend volunteering. My favorite day with OBC was slinging drinks at Boulder Pride Fest; I was able to see so many smiling faces that were all part of my community. I am so lucky to be able to work with so many other amazing volunteers and to have made some incredible friends. My only wish is that they would hire me so I would be able to do more. That is why I have decided to take on the role of intern with OBC, I simply can't get enough."