There are few people that have done as much for the South Florida LGBT community as Jodi Reichman.

She has more than 30 years of working and volunteering in South Florida, from her efforts as President of the NAMES Project South Florida chapter of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Transgender Services Coordinator for The Pride Center. As an ally and longtime LGBT worker, she’s constantly finding ways to make the community better, and her inspiration is pretty close to home.

“She’s my idol,” Reichman said of her transgender step-daughter, Kristin. “She is my teacher and confidant and has never sacrificed her potential despite some pretty hefty trials and tribulations to be the person she is today.”

Through all her work, including trans services at The Pride Center, Reichman knows there is more to be done when it comes to support and help for the LGBT community.

“If we’re not vigilant, we can become complacent,” she said. “I believe that acceptance leads to support, knowledge leads to understanding and power, and that providing support and empowerment can increase collaboration among organizations. Random acts of kindness would be a great thing, wouldn’t it?”


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