This is a weekly newsletter to put a face to the staff at the DC Center. Every week we will be featuring a staff member. This week, meet Juan! Juan is our Development Intern.
Why did you start working at The DC Center?
I’m apart of a program that takes university students from the west coast, and places them in washington D.C.. Part of the program having a local internship, and I knew I wanted to work in a field that deals with LGBT folks. It doesn’t more in the queer field than a community center!
What is music anthem?
Not to be too young, but Be Alright by Ms. Ariana Grande and Pillowtalk by Zayn Malik
What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
Honestly, the resilience I see in the folks of our community is one my favorite traits. I love seeing a queer or gender non-conforming individual simply daring to exist in spaces that dont want use to be there. Also, the humor a lot of the members in our community poses is one of my favorite things to indulge in. It’s cathartic being able to laugh at shared pain and experiences with strangers.
What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
I’ve recently relocated to the D.C. area, so I don’t know too much about anything here. BUT, there is a cute little ramen shop I’ve been to a few times that I love to go to.
What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?
Oh man. Alright, coming from the perspective of cisgendered gay Mexican man I notice the violence against womxn does not differ from our straight male peers. Gay men love to utilize feminine culture as part of our lives and humor, yet are quick to harm non-male identifying individuals.
What is your favorite Queer movie?
Road to El Derado.
What has been your favorite moment while working in The DC Center?
Beginning to understand how important the center is. With of all of its’ branches and programs offered, the folks here at the center are honestly dedicated to doing important work needed in our community. I also love heading back home everyday and telling my housemates how gay my day was.
What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?
I wear the same brand of shoes everyday like a cartoon character who never changes outfits. Plus, my beautiful smile.
What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?
My favorite color is baby pink and orange, so I’d paint it a nice forest green.
Who do you most look up to in the queer community?
Every single one of my queer friends. Like I said before, daring to exist and be is a brave and beautiful thing to accomplish everyday.