For Women’s History Month 2013, we are celebrating young women leadership in the Pennsylvania LGBTQ community. The KSV editorial staff have selected 13 young women who have become trailblazers for LGBTQ youth in our state for this three-part series. The youth selected provide deeply valued strength, resilience, and courage across our Pennsylvania community – who will surely continue to make headlines in the advocacy they lead. Last year, for the first time, we selected 12 women in 2012 who shine on as our key adult women LGBTQ community leaders. Thank you to all of the courageous young women leaders throughout the Keystone State who help lead our communities to be better places for all people. Click here to visit Part 1 of this series. Click here to visit Part 2 of this series.
Paige Riddle is an active member of the LGBTQ community at Lebanon Valley College. Paige is originally from Mount Wolf, PA where she was the President of the Northeastern High School GSA in York County. She helps to connect Lebanon Valley College’s LGBTQ group, Freedom Rings, with the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. She was a lead speaker in the Lebanon Valley Freedom March against hate in the Fall semester of 2012. She has been a guest speaker in classes on LGBTQ issues, and works with Social Justice efforts on campus.
Paige hopes to continue to be heavily involved with her campus community in her following years at Lebanon Valley College.
Originally from Erie, PA, Shayne Kitty Foster is a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a regular volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Pittsburgh. She recommends that other young women who want to become involved in their community start by volunteering. “It’s something that doesn’t take up too much time if you’re busy, and usually places need a lot of help,” says Shayne. She became involved at the GLCC after attending youth night at the center, and started volunteering soon after. She now helps run the reception desk.
Megan Kuntz (DuBois, PA)
Penn State Behrend (Erie) ’13, President of Trigon
Megan Kuntz is the President of Penn State Erie’s LGBTQ organization, Trigon. She is originally from DuBois in Northern Pennsylvania. Trigon runs many events over the course of the year at Penn State Erie, including bringing LGBTQ and Feminist speakers to campus, facilitating cultural and performing arts events on campus, and showing LGBTQ focused films. Megan recently helped bring award-winning slam poet and LGBTQ activist, Andrea Gibson, to Penn State Erie.
Rhiannon Millard is the President of East Stroudsburg University’s LGBTQ organization, People Respecting Individuality and Diversity in Education, or PRIDE. Rhiannon is originally from Bangor, Pennsylvania. During her time as President, PRIDE hosted the band Fun at a campus concert in November, during the band’s Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour. She is the first female president of the organization in at least four years.