BY SHERYL KAY
Growing up in a low-income housing project in Oklahoma and graduating from her high school’s first integrated class helped make Peggy Moore who she is today. That, and her attendance as a youth minister in a Pentecostal church. “My childhood experience helped to ground me in a way that I just get people and the human spirit,” says 49-year-old Moore, who most recently served a four-year stint as the California Political Director for Organizing for America. “I see people past things and money and meet them at the core.”
This vision has inspired Moore into action, most notably as a founder of the Sistahs Steppin’ In Pride, the lesbian march through Oakland that started more than a decade ago with three hundred women, and turned into an all day event attended by thousands with local food, arts and craft vendors, musical and dance performances, as well as a space for community and local political activists to engage with others. Having worked closely with the Obama campaign, Moore has had an unobstructed view of the politics surrounding LGBT issues, and says there are still several issues that must be addressed including access to health care, better education opportunities, and streamlining immigration.
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