The truth is uncomfortable just for a minute.
Avery: I don’t look at it as being a trailblazer. I have looked at it mainly as survival. So, it’s interesting that from someone else’s perspective it’s like, Wow, you’re breaking all these conventions! and I’m just trying to survive as me. I think that’s what survival looks like.
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Avery Belyeu is an educator, nonprofit director, and religious leader whose experience spans higher ed, civil rights, and public health. She is an in-demand speaker on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity and has trained professionals across the legal, higher education, and corporate sectors regarding the creation of affirming and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ people. Ms. Belyeu serves as the regional director for the South Central region of Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Brite Divinity School, where she earned a Master’s in Divinity. Avery identifies as a spiritual and a religious wanderer, and a Jew by choice.