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Courtney Ware signed up to volunteer for San Diego Pride last summer, and fell in love with the community. Initially, her goal was to meet new people, but the 27-year old became so passionate about the fight for equality that she now finds herself involved with half a dozen community organizations.

Originally from Santa Clarita, California, Ware has been married to her husband Gary for nearly four years, although the couple has been together for 10 years.

What organization(s) do you volunteer for, and why?

I volunteer for a number of organizations, including: San Diego Pride, Stonewall Citizen’s Patrol, NOH8 Campaign, Palm Springs Pride, and San Diego Remembers.

I recently became involved with PFLAG San Diego and will soon begin volunteering at The Center.

I am passionate about showing my support for my friends in the community. I am also a big advocate for marriage equality.

What motivates you to do the volunteer work you do?

Basically, I want to make a difference. I want to help move the community forward, and be there to help where it’s needed.

Do you volunteer because of your work, or not? And what do you do for a career?

No, I do not volunteer because of my work. I am a preschool teacher and also work at events hosted by San Diego Pix from time-to-time.

What is something that many people do not know about you?

I love oldies music!

What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?

More acceptance of each other. We are all in this fight together, let’s not bring each other down on our way to the top.

What do you like most about the local LGBT community?

I feel that the word “community” is so accurate. Everyone is so accepting and friendly. I have been welcomed with open arms, and I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of people.

What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life other than volunteering?

I try to attend events in the community, meet new people and show my support in any way I can.

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Top left photo: Courtney with her husband Gary. Middle left photo: Courtney with friends Ricky Cervantes and SDGLN Contributor Benny Cartwright at Palm Springs Pride. Bottom left photo: Courtney with NOH8 Campaign founder Adam Bouska, while volunteering at a recent San Diego photo shoot.