I became a Los Angeles LGBT Center employee more than 15 years ago, but I wanted to work here long before that.
In my previous job, I worked at a retail store around the corner from the McDonald/Wright Building where staff from the Center’s Health Services were my customers. I said to myself that one day I was going to be working with them as a medical assistant. I went back to school and ended up at the Center just as I had hoped.
Advocating for my patients over the years has brought me such great joy and made me feel like I make a difference. I want to make people feel that they’re in a safe place. There are many clients I’ve gotten to know over the years, and I’m always there for them.
Being of service to our underserved community has not only helped me to grow, but it has helped to make me aware of the barriers that we face when it comes to accessing health care.
In June 2019 I had the honor of being part of the group who carried the Center’s 50th anniversary banner as we marched in the LA Pride Parade. My partner was with me, and it was very emotional.
The Center is such a great place to work, to grow, to learn, and to be yourself. Being here has made me a stronger person.
Hometown: Mexico City
Year Started At The Center: 2004
Staff Position: Compliance Coordinator / Medical Assistant