Meet The Staff: Katerina

Welcome Katerina to the DC Center! As the social media and advocacy intern, she looks forward to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in DC, as well as helping in projects that would promote their voices and stories in creative ways. You can meet Katerina at the DC Center on weekdays and some evenings. She is looking forward to getting more involved with the DC LGBTQ+ community and gaining more valuable skills from her work with the DC Center.


Birthdate, Astro Sign: May 17, 1999 (I’m a Taurus!)


Where are you originally from?: I am from Spring Lake, North Carolina


Why did you start working at the DC Center?: After sitting in some of the peer support groups that the Center offered, I was excited to learn more about the various ways the DC Center served the LGBTQ+ community, whether it be through art, activism, or accessible resources and support. I am also currently working on an independent project studying the resilience and health autonomy of LGBTQ+ Latinx individuals for my senior year at Georgetown, and with this experience at the DC Center, I hope to gain more strategies and practices from a nonprofit level to better serve the community through my work.


What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?: The staff has been very welcoming and open to any questions and concerns I had about their professions and on-going projects! They definitely make me feel involved in a team right from the start, and understand the complexities of being a working college student!


What is your music anthem?: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen


What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?: Definitely the people and the support! I have made incredible friends and mentors who are a part of this incredible community who have helped me discover and become proud of my identity. I wouldn’t be the person who I am today without their encouragement.


What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?: It has to be between Mount Pleasant or the Waterfront near Georgetown


What is your favorite queer movie?: Love, Simon or The Half of It! (I highly recommend my favorite queer show too, Pose)


What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?: Rainbow, for the gays


Who do you look up to in the queer community? Sylvia Rivera, MJ Rodriguez, and Hayley Kiyoko

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