When I received the email informing me that Lorri was confirmed to be on "LGBT Stories" I was beyond myself. Here I was, this one man show, creating these stories for the world to hear, wishing someone like Lorri would not only take the time to listen to the show, but be interested in telling their story on the show! Lorri would go on to tell the story of her rise to the top of the glass ceiling and bursting right through it – becoming the CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Her story begins in college where she was quite active in politics and moves throughout the many twist and turns she encounters over the following years. At this point in the run of episodes we had, this type of story hadn’t happened. The stories we shared up to this point were all fairly heartbreaking, despite ending lightly. This was the first episode where we heard a voice of true activism. Those of us who know Lorri, or whom have had the pleasure of hearing her deliver a speech to a crowd of people, know that her voice spreads far any wide.
It is a beautiful thing seeing a lesbian hold such a distinguished position in society, but the work, time, and effort she put in for decades of her life speak volumes as to why she is where she is today.
I hope that as you listen to Lorri’s story that it inspires you to find ways you can advocate for the LGBT community. Like Lorri did for so many years, if you look you can find ways to have thought-provoking conversation with friends, family, and co-workers. Maybe talk to them about how far the LGBT community has come, and still how far we have to go. Our fight is not yet over.