Belle is an energized recent graduate of Oberlin College where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then moved to Cleveland and applied for the HIV Prevention position at the Center after seeing an online job posting. Belle will mainly be working on our PrEP Outreach program, teaching people in Northeast Ohio about HIV and how it can be effectively prevented with a pill taken once a day.
Belle was born in Vietnam and moved to the US as a child when she was adopted. She grew up in Maryland. She was inspired to do work with LGBT populations from an early age: “I’ve always wanted to work at a non-profit. As a child, one of my favorite TV shows was Noah’s Arc, the all-black, all-queer sitcom. I knew I wanted to be like Alex, who started his own HIV clinic for queer people of color. After I spent a year in college interning for the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth, my passion towards working for the LGBTQ community was solidified.”
As Belle settles into her new position, she hopes to help the community in a variety of ways: “I’m really hoping to contribute to the close-knit, supportive community the LGBT Center has created. I hope my relentless positivity and care for others will have some impact on people, even if it’s small. Additionally, I am very excited to get out in the community to start spreading the message about HIV prevention!”
Belle is a Leo, is the proud mother of two dogs named Umbro and Luna, and is a tattoo enthusiast with 14 tattoos currently (and counting). Be sure to stop by and meet Belle!