Greetings! My name is Andre and I live in the wonderful city of New Orleans, Louisiana. From a very early age, I was always writing and involved in community service and volunteering in some way. I was an altar boy for a few years and I was in 4-H for much of junior high and high school. It wasn’t until I moved to Baton Rouge to continue my education that I really discovered the causes that were important to me and the kind of work I wanted to do in the community.
I first joined the LGBT student group on campus, which I also served as President for two years. This eventually connected me to the local LGBT community center and the local MCC church. From there, I served on various LGBT pride committees and helped organize various community causes and efforts. My biggest community service opportunity was when I volunteered at a major HIV leadership summit in May of 2007. It completely changed my perspective on how much one person can make a difference when I went from small city community work to connecting with people on a global level.
2007 was also the year I needed to restructure my life. I ended up moving back to New Orleans in the Summer of 2007 and essentially started over. I spent the first few years trying to replicate the life that I had in Baton Rouge. I eventually learned that with a larger city came more people, more diverse communities to support, and figuring out who I wanted to be in much larger crowds. Eventually, what made sense was to take a break from volunteering for a while and focus on work and writing. It was dull living for a few years but it was necessary.
In 2008, I joined a country dance group called the Big Easy Stompers but it wasn’t until about 2012 when I solidified my place with the group, being one of the leaders, line dance instructors, and DJ for the group. This was also around the time I found my place with MCC New Orleans, a sister church to the one I was with in Baton Rouge, and eventually landed the newly formed position of Administrative Assistant in 2014.
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