Melanie Interviews Chelsea Chavirra

ImageI'm sitting here in the cafe in the small town of Fallbrook CA where I'm sitting across from the absolutely stunning Chelsea Chavirra. Chelsea is a MiraCosta College Alumni and staff member who is also attending Cal State University Long Beach. Chelsea and I have previously met 8 months ago when she had approached me to speak at a local "coming out" forum for MiraCosta college where I was a transgender representative. Chelsea at the time, was the president of the College's Gay and Straight alliance also known as the GSA. So what is the big deal about Chelsea? Chelsea as far as school records can show, is the first straight president of the GSA.


Melanie:
So what is it that caused you to decide to take on such a powerful and daring role as the leader of a club for the lgbt community.

Chelsea:
I was approached by the Faculty adviser to be the face of the GSA. When I first took on the role, I realized I wanted to be much more than just an ally, I wanted to a voice for those who couldn't be voices for themselves.

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Melanie:
Do you think being straight helped in you in being a liaison for the lgbt community
Chelsea:
Yes. It created a balance within our club so those who weren't part of the lgbt community would feel comfortable in participating and interacting with the GSA club.
Melanie:
How did the lgbt members take you being heterosexual and president?
Chelsea:
It totally was NOT a factor. The members were so goal oriented and proactive in becoming voices in the community while making significant changes for the lgbt community on campus.
Melanie:
What is/are your current goals now that you've moved on to bigger and better things in life?
Chelsea:
I am currently minoring in women's gender and sexuality studies so that I can educate the community on women's gender and sexuality topics all while being an friend/peer to those within the lgbt community. As a feminist, these two topics tie together I believe and are both very dear to my heart.
Melanie:
Thank from the bottom of my heart for being such a friend and angel to me and to the lgbt community as a whole.
Chelsea
is a wonderful woman who's looks can only be matched by her wit and by her even more wonderful and amazing heart. Because of Chelsea, I am now doing/am where I am today as far as being a local figure in the lgbt community. Because of her, I have gathered the courage to speak at places such as our local college and at Cal State Fullerton on the topic of transgender awareness.