Our Readers: Becky Barnes, Madison

by | May 1, 2023 | 0 comments

My name is Becky and I’m a loud and proud lesbian woman! I grew up in a small agricultural town in Wisconsin where family, community, nature, and hard work were priority. I left home to attend a local college where the LGBTQ+ community there felt safe enough that I came out as gay/lesbian. I played rugby, participated in the LGBTQ+ student group, and was a student employee throughout college.

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Post college I began what has turned into an interesting career in facilities management. I also determined that alcohol consumption was negatively impacting the life I desired. Flash forward—I celebrated 17 years sober this year, and I continue to be infinitely grateful for making that challenging choice! I always wanted a family of my own, but as life goes I spent many years solo. I made the most of it by focusing on my relationships with family, friends, and community, building my career, and creating stability in sobriety.

In 2015 I met my wife on a blind date, and we married in 2016. My past life challenges and persistent pursuit of growth supports a rich and full life today. My wife, her child, and I have created a successfully blended family, and I am so proud to be a partner to my spouse and a chosen parent for my daughter. I continue to try to inspire others with my experience to pursue growth and fully experience life no matter what challenges are presented.

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