LGBTQ+ Alumnx Network Volunteers
Janet Chance '87
I am a program manager with Need In Deed, a nonprofit that integrates meaningful service-learning into classrooms through ongoing collaboration with Philadelphia public school teachers and their students. While at Swarthmore, I studied philosophy, worked for the education program, and loved diving in to social and political philosophy discussions, no matter what hour they took place. Most of my free time involved singing: performing classical solos with the college chorus, Broadway numbers at Mephisto’s, the mezzo role in an original musical. Soon after college, I taught English and directed musicals at Tokyo Friends School. Later, while at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., my colleagues and I created a successful advisory series on LGBTQ+ topics, and I served as faculty sponsor to the middle school students' Day of Silence club. My partner, Catherine Simile, and I now live in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, along with our many musical instruments.
Laura Markowitz '85
I came out to another human for the first time during freshman orientation, and then I came all the way out my junior year. After graduation I had a Watson Fellowship, and then I went into journalism. I became a magazine editor and feature writer, training in family therapy so I could better write about psychology and systems change. For a decade I published a queer family therapy magazine In the Family. After a three-year sabbatical to write novels, I've been working as a book editor and ghostwriter, and as contributing producer for Arizona Public Media, the NPR affiliate in Tucson. My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2018.