Name: Vanessa Torres
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Admissions Representative, Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Why I Found Her at Creating Change:
Vanessa didn’t travel far to get to Creating Change, but she made up for it by working hard. Vanessa is one of many volunteers for the Dallas LGBT Center who gathered to help with the logistics of Creating Change. She, like her colleagues, was glad to be a part of something big that she could give back to.
For more than 20 years, Resource Center Dallas has been serving the needs of the LGBT Community. From RCD’s website:
More than 1,100 volunteers and a paid staff of 46 make the Resource Center Dallas one of the largest centers of its kind in the United States. More than 50,000 people each year use the Center through its programs and services. From its roots as an advocacy group for civil rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Center continues its dual mission: to develop programs and offer services for the GLBT community, as well as individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Vanessa explains that she supports queer equality because she thinks everybody should have the same opportunities she had with her experience as “straight” (in the closet). She wants to work so that future queers have the same experience at 13 she only had passing as straight. She and her colleagues (pictured left) brought a ton of energy to the conference and surely contributed to making the kind of difference she hopes to make.
What She’d Change in America:
Vanessa thinks everyone should have the right and access to healthcare. She points out that some don’t have family support or the necessary financial security to get the same kind of healthcare that others take for granted. On a global scale, this is important because it would help contain diseases.
I hope for Vanessa’s sake and everyone else’s that our government succeeds in passing reform so this becomes more of a reality.