Samantha McCoy takes a lot of pride in her work at the Pride Center at Equality Park. If you’ve ever attended an event at the Pride Center, McCoy likely helped organize it.

The Florida native is the Customer Service Coordinator—she manages groups, rentals, volunteers and more.

“I make sure our calendar is managed, and we have events seven days a week,” she said. “I take on as much as I can, as often as I can.”

McCoy has been at the Pride Center for seven years and cannot imagine working any place else.

“I want to continue for another 700 years,” she said. McCoy started as a volunteer—working with the Beta Phi Omega sorority. Her work also changed her life in many ways.

“I have met so many amazing people, and I have learned a lot about the community,” said McCoy, who identifies as pansexual. “I had no idea what pansexual was before working here. I learned so much during our community conversations. Working here has shaped the way that I think and the way that I am in the community. I am very open in speaking with people about race, sexuality and different ways to identify if that’s what they choose to do.”


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