Alicia Verdier owns her own photography business location in Houston and has worked with a variety of customers over the years. She photographs a wide range of events, from weddings to senior portraits to everything in between. She takes pride in her work and has had mostly positive experiences. However, one person who Alicia had initially agreed to work with began to insult her privately and publicly once they found out Alicia is openly gay. Alicia was taken aback, then encouraged when she saw people come out of the woodwork to stand up for her and support her as an entrepreneur.
“I do not hide the fact that I’m gay, but suddenly I was worried that it might prevent me from being successful as a photographer in Texas,” she said. “I live every day trying to model pride for my children, because I want them to always know that they should love themselves and others, as they are. But reading [the potential customer’s] words, I didn’t feel proud; I felt a little broken. That’s why I am so grateful for the people who continued to stand by me and endorse my photography. Their support for my business overwhelmed me with hope for the future of the LGBTQ community.”