Hello there, my name is Leslie. I'm here and queer.

 

I am from a small town in Florida with a population of 13,000. Growing up in the South, and in the Christian tradition, meant rejecting the LBGTQ community. For me, this also meant rejecting this part myself. For 25 years I tried hard to be someone other than who I was.

My perspective began to change in college. For the first time in my life, I encountered LBGTQ people. While I didn't admit then that I belonged in this community myself,  I began to see hope that I too might find love and self-acceptance. For me, self discovery meant leaving my hometown and state. I had to move to Atlanta.

Moving to ATL is hands-down the best decision I have ever made. I finally found the space and community to process who I am and how I love. For me, coming out has been a journey of genuine celebration. My friends threw me a bomb coming out Pink Lady Party. The night I publicly came out, we popped champagne, danced, and dared to to dream up Love Les. Coming out is a privilege and it should be a joyous celebration. Period.

Love Les is my way of helping to share the lovely stories and voices that I have encountered within my community.

Love simply is and I will celebrate it in all of its ridiculously beautiful forms.