LGBTQ+ Alumni Network Volunteers
Christen Boas Hayes '16
I’m a recent grad living in Washington, D.C. with my two Swattie roommates. During my time at Swarthmore, I captained the varsity softball team and organized Pub Nite with my best friends. I graduated from the honors program and applied my political science degree to the study of forced migration. Upon graduation, I traveled to Greece to work in a refugee shelter for unaccompanied minors. My last year was spent daylighting as a paralegal and moonlighting as a national march organizer for a prisoners’ rights march. I’m also a proud Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild and a new member of the Capital Q queer community-building team in D.C. I love cultivating queer community and connecting old and new friends.
Laura Hyder '16
Since my recent graduation, I have been learning what it means to live out of academia, out of the Swarthmore bubble, and out in general. During my time at Swat, I played on the Swarthmore Field Hockey team, while also managing to stay involved on campus with Biology research, the Sexual Health Advocates, Kehilah, the wind ensemble, and somehow more. I came out early at Swarthmore, but didn’t understand the impact it had on each of my relationships (platonic and professional relationships included) until much later. After graduating, I taught Sexuality Education at schools and youth shelters to begin to communicate to young people, and myself, the need for empathy for ourselves and in all our relationships. Currently, I am working in a Biology laboratory at Penn where I am slowly learning how to set workplace boundaries while remaining open and clear about my identity.
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 are celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2018.
Tim Vaughan '15
A little over two years out of Swarthmore I have the esteemed opportunity to be living in Philly and taking advantage of everything the city has to offer. After graduation, I continue to prepare myself to apply to medical school, which led to the Emergency Department at the University of Pennsylvania where I do clinical research. While at Swarthmore I was involved in various aspects of student life: I was a track athlete, a member of an a cappella group, danced with Rhythm N Motion, and participated in research through the Psychology department in which I majored. Outside of work and my second job (applying to med school) I enjoy all the amazing food in Philadelphia, volunteer with high schools in West Philly, and have kept up with performing in a Hip-Hop dance group at Penn and various sports leagues around the city, including the Philly StoneWall Sports leagues. I enjoyed everything about my time at Swarthmore and find that it has really made the transition to "real life" very manageable. Philly has a great network of Swatties, both those I know well and new folks that I've met along the way. And I've enjoyed familiarizing my self with the diverse communities in the city.