Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Allison Cleveland. I have known Allison for just over a year now. Allison is a woman who is a life long do-gooder. She has been doing social justice work for over 40 years now. Allison founded the Gender Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1999. In 2008, she helped to form Gender Positive Systems Advocacy Committee (GPSAC), an organization committed to ensuring fair housing rights for transgender and gender non-forming people through education, partnerships, lobbying, and outreach thereby strengthening equity and safety for all people under the LGBTQ umbrella.
Allison also serves on the board of directors of the Equity Foundation and has volunteered for them since 2004. She calls her self: ” A Loud Queer Voice”, she has 6 appointments from the state attorney general’s office under the sexual assualt task force. She has also been a part of the Oregon Crime Victicms Service Division under the Oregon Dept. of Justice since 2005. Her legacy has always been about social change. Her hope for the LGBT community:
That we reach parity, have the same opportunities as main stream society. I feel so extremely lucky to work with all the people I work with like Cecily, Gabby, and Nancy–people that have their heart and soul immersed in change.
Allison Cleveland is s strong lesbian voice that is making history. Her very existence makes the world a better and safer place for all.