Introducing Brittany

Welcome Brittany Zeman to the DC Center, where she is completing a field placement as she pursues her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Brittany (she/her) looks forward to learning more about DC’s incredible LGBTQIA+ community. While she’s currently working mostly virtually, in the future you might meet Brittany at the DC Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and some evenings. 

Birthdate, Astro Sign

May 4, Taurus

Where are you originally from? 

Alexandria, VA

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

I began VCU’s MSW program in August 2021 and will be working at the DC Center through my first and second semesters as I train up to someday become a trauma-informed therapist working with LGBQTIA+ folks. 

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

Deepening in community with LBGTQIA+ colleagues, clients, and partners.

What is your music anthem? 

Today, it’s “Malamente” by Rosalía.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

We create our own meanings and ways of being, because we often have to. By existence, we are subversive. I find this subversion to be a tremendous source of power and insight into how I want to show up in this world.  

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there? 

Wangari Maathai community garden, in Park View. I’m a longtime plot-holder at this vibrant community garden full of activists, veggies, and pollinator-friendly flowers. Come by an harvest from our public fruit tree orchard or public vegetable garden in spring, summer, or fall! 

What is your favorite queer movie?  

Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother”

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?

I would dismantle the White House and use the sandstone blocks and other materials to build some much-needed affordable housing in the District. Folks could paint those houses whatever colors they’d like. 🙂    

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

I look up to all members of the queer community, from service providers, community organizers, and activists to folks struggling to come out or fighting to find a space that is safe for them to just be. We are all needed, we are all valid, we are all loved, and I’m grateful beyond words to be a part of this community.