OUT50 Palm Beach: Marcie Hall - The Unlikely Activist

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Marcie Hall didn’t choose activism. Activism chose her.

She found her voice as an advocate after her application to Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private Christian college in West Palm Beach, was rejected. She attended the school’s master’s program as a closeted gay woman for one semester earning high marks. She dropped out because she hated not being able to talk about her sexuality. She then decided to reapply, because no other school in the area offered the program she wanted.

But that time around she openly discussed her sexuality in her application. She was rejected. 

The Palm Beach Post would go on to feature her story in their newspaper.

“That was when I said I need to make a stand for younger people’” she said. “So I said ‘go ahead and print this.'"

Hall’s work with Palm Beach County Human Rights Council started shortly after that.

Since then she’s helped the organization stop gay conversion therapy on minors and pass more LGBT friendly ordinances in Delray Beach.

“For me, that work has been so huge,” Hall said. “To kind of represent my lifestyle in a way that we don’t always have to be flying the rainbow flag, but we do have to represent ourselves to businesses and others who are looking up to us.”

Hall previously served in the military from 1976 to 1979 as part of the last class of the Women's Army Corps. Although she was not fully sure of her sexuality, Hall did find her first love there, sharing a room with her.

Hall also sat on the board of the Delray Beach Playhouse, a community theater company which hosts local productions of plays. She was recently lead actor in a play based on the life of AIDS awareness advocate Ruth Coker Burks to raise funds for the World AIDS Museum in Wilton Manors.

Hall and her partner Chris Porter were one of 81 couples to tie the knot in front of South County Courthouse in Delray Beach on the night same-sex marriage was legalized. 

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