Observing and Preserving
BY Ari Karpel
September 17 2010 3:05 AM ET
None of her work — or her non-work activities for that matter — is particularly connected to the LGBT community, but Vanderhoof is comfortably out in every situation. “I feel fortunate that I don’t have to hide who I am in work or play. I am just myself and happy to be myself,” she says. “I’m grateful that the professionals I work with are a very open-minded and accepting bunch, and many of my colleagues are also gay.”
The larger community in Seattle is so geared toward fostering the simple things we can all do to help reduce our footprint on the planet, such as recycling, composting and bicycle commuting, that it makes finding likeminded folks easy. “Many of my friends, gay and straight, enjoy the same activities I do,” says Vanderhoof, who grew up in Missouri and Kansas. “And when you enjoy diving or backpacking or kayaking, I think you naturally want to see those environments taken care of, preserved, unharmed.”
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