Scholar Class – 2014
Erika Sommer was born in Mobile, Alabama and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2013, she came out as transgender and began her transition.
Erika’s commitment to advocacy started her sophomore year at Henry Clay High School, when she took over leadership of the Gay-Straight Alliance. In 2013, she began working with a group of like-minded activists in the Lexington area to create a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in Central Kentucky. GLSEN Bluegrass received its accreditation on February 27, 2014, and Erika was officially voted Co-Chair of the chapter in April 2014. She graduated from Henry Clay in June 2014 as salutatorian of her 500-person class and is attending Oberlin College.
Erika aims to turn her passion for working with and empowering queer youth into a career, providing services similar to and beyond those she was fortunate enough to enjoy thanks to the strong LGBTQ+ presence in Lexington.