Out50: Sobourney Barnes

Sobourney Barnes

Sobourney Barnes has been involved in serving the LGBT community since college — and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. 

The 26-year-old is the current lead youth life coach at SunServe, a LGBT social service agency. Before that, she was the two-time president of her college’s Gay Straight Alliance. She also volunteers for various LGBT non-profit organizations in her spare time.  

“I love the job,” Barnes said, “because I get to be the person I wanted to have when I was young.”

As lead youth life coach, Barnes is responsible for facilitating support groups each week. But out of passion for her job, she makes herself available outside of her SunServe hours for those who need her. 

The group and SunServe host unique programs, like their recent LGBT-specific sex ed bootcamp. Barnes appreciated how it differed from traditional curriculums, where LGBT sexual health is often overlooked, she said.

She finds herself assisting her group with its LGBT-unrelated needs, too — like its members’ college applications and resumes.

“I’m just happy to be part of their journeys,” she said. “It’s about seeing the process and seeing them grow.”

– Kristen Grau


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