January 13 Erica Allen
Erica Allen of Concord, New Hampshire, will speak about LGBTQ issues before the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, New Hampshire on January 13, 2019. A native of New Jersey, she moved with her wife to Concord in 1998 where they raised their two children. Erica currently works as an Information Technology Manager for the State of New Hampshire. In her diverse career she worked in IT for CIGNA in Hooksett, was co-owner of Up in Smoke specialty smoked seafoods in Tilton in the late 90s, studied Culinary Arts in France and Oregon in 1989-90, worked as a chef in Portland, Oregon for many years, was a Field Director in Iowa for Senator Paul Simon’s 1988 presidential campaign, and organized for the League of Conservation Voters in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. She studied at the American University in Paris, Rutgers University, and Granite State College.
In her address to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, she will share aspects of her lifelong challenges as a closeted and then out transgender woman in the hope of familiarizing people with and humanizing the community of transgenders. She will speak to ideas universally important to any marginalized community such as acceptance, validation, support, solidarity and how to do it. After her address, she will be available for additional questions.