In conjunction with PRIDE Month in Celebrating LGBTQIA+
Meet Meredith Campbell
and this is #HerStory.
Queer feminist icon Lily Tomlin said,
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
This quote has fueled much of my advocacy, activism, and social justice work. I have always had a desire to make the world a better place and am proud of the impact I have been able to make in Toledo.
While I’ve lived in Toledo for over 2 decades, it took some time for me to find my place in the LGBTQIA+ advocacy space. As a young perfectionist who grew up in a small town, the thought of me not being straight wasn’t even something that occurred to me until I was in my twenties. Once I was able to accept myself, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore in the fight for equality; I needed to be part of the solution.
For me, the solution was becoming involved with Equality Toledo, the Northwest Ohio LGBTQIA+ Business Alliance, and the City of Toledo’s Social Justice Committee. Through those organizations, I have been able to work in the efforts to eliminate discrimination of all kinds in our community. I have loved seeing the progress made and believe we are headed in the right direction.
Even with the work I have been able to do, there are still times when I struggle with confidence, perfectionism, and finding my voice. When that happens, I try to remember what an amazing mentor once told me; “Meredith, you’re not allowed to say you’re not empowered anymore.” That sentence has given me the courage to speak up and out more, even when I am afraid to do so. What could you do if you felt empowered?