My Journey as a Queer Mompreneur

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Throughout my life, I always known I wanted to start my own company.  My biggest motivation started after I gave birth to my baby.  At the time I was working for a local non-profit providing social work services to people living with HIV.  While on maternity leave, my desire grew significantly to help people start their own families.  When I returned from maternity leave, I spoke to my supervisor about my desire to make a career shift.  She told me my agency didn’t offer maternity/prenatal services, so I started applying to local hospitals and clinics.  To my dismay, I kept getting turned down due to not having any professional maternity/prenatal experience.  This instilled a fire in me to train myself and start my own company.

For many years, I had been questioning my sexuality.  Some people around me thought I was queer, but I wasn’t completely sure.  That changed when I started working at an agency helping homeless LGBTQ youth.  During my time there, I participated in various trainings on working with LGBTQ people and worked with several people who identified as LGBTQ.  One day, while meeting with one of my directors, she asked me my affiliation with the community.  It was after this meeting I came out.  I am very thankful for her because she helped me realize I was queer.

It’s been a journey coming out as a queer mompreneur.  For the most part, I have received a lot of support.  My family and colleagues have been supportive in my professional and personal development.  I’m most thankful for my local Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, as I’ve been introduced to other queer entrepreneurs and have received a lot of help in growing my company.  When my company was profiled by Silicon Valley Business Journal, it helped me feel more comfortable coming out to the world.  It’s always been important to me to inspire others and I hope to show people that no matter your gender, sexuality, identity, race, age, or if you have children, you can be a success and achieve your goals!      

Allison Coleman