My name is Laken Claire. I am a proud Trans* Woman who is so excited to announce her candadicy for Ms. OC Pride! This pageant means so much to me as it is allowing me to create a platform for myself to start providing a presence for Trans* people here in Orange County! Esepcailly Trans* youth who are coming into their own and living their most authentic lives.
My platform is one of representation, visability, and community! "Without community, we cannot have liberation." - Audre Lorde
I take this quote to heart as I am here to give a voice to all of my Trans* brother's and sister's out there who need a voice. We are here and we are proud of who we are. Depsite the attacks on not only on our lives, but the lives of our Trans* Military members, I am here to say we will be stand up and speak out for the right to be our truest selves every day.
I found my community in the OC two years ago when I moved here from Tennessee. Growing up in a southern state and not having access to a LGBT center I know the importance that they pose to our community. My half of the proceeds of my donations will go directly to LGBTQ centers in the Inland Empire who do not have as much exposure or resources we do - but just as many rainbows!
So please donate. Every $1 dollar equals 1 vote and I seriosuly cannot do this without all of you! Please follow my instagram and/or Facebook to keep up to date on events where you can come and say hi in person.
Light & Love to you all!