Meet Tonja Alvis
How do you identify?
Tell us about yourself:
I came out at age of 18. I am now 49 yrs old. I have been an advocate all my life! I have marched in NYC, Phoenix, & SD prides! I am former Ms. Arizona Gay Rodeo Association 1997 when I raised over $10,000 for battered women & children's shelter in Phoenix, AZ called Sojourner Center. I was 1 of the 13 couples that started the Same sex marriage act in NY. I am former Ms. Huggy Bear 1991 from the SD Imperial Court and raised monies for women's services, & Meals on wheels. I am a current volunteer for SD pride & the SD LGBTQ center. I write positivity blogs to inspire others! I am the 1 that always wants to make a difference! Never Surrender!
Fun fact(s) about you:
I am a Cowgirl in the city
Any advice for young queers out there or advice you would have given your younger self:
Shine your light! Everyone is part of the Rainbow! Be you! Never Surrender!
What is your favorite Pride / Queer memory?
Marching in the Dyke march in NYC for the 1st time
What does this community mean to you?
All for 1 & 1 for all! We stand stronger together!
Why did you want to be involved in this project?
Once in a lifetime opportunity, start my legacy