Name: Less Henderson (Pictured above on the left with her girlfriend)
Hometown: Portsmouth, VA
Occupation: Deckhand and Journalism Student
Why I Found Her at The NEM:
Less knows that there are a lot of people who don’t think the National Equality March will do anything. When she hears people say “What is it gonna do?” she reminds them, “This is a start. This is just a start.”
For her, being a part of the march is vital because these issues need to be exposed. She and her girlfriend were there because they want to help make a statement. There are plenty of people out there who might be afraid to come out and afraid to stand up, and she wants to show them that they are not alone. There are people ready to stand up for equality and that’s how our community stays strong.
What She’d Change in America:
The way I asked folks this question is, “What is one thing you’d change in America?” For Less, she immediately answered that we must end the war in Afghanistan, but made it clear there are a number of issues she cares passionately about. (Her girlfriend added, “Don’t get her started!” know how outspoken she can be.)
We can’t expect mainstream straight society to solve problems for gay rights.
As she lit a cigarette, Less told me that she really sees the importance of working both nationally and locally. We have to stand up for own rights and demand them, echoing her earlier comments on the importance of marching.
She also added, “The economy is pretty screwed up.”