Staff Spotlight: Angela Dallara, Communications Associate

Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse staff working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide. Over the next several weeks, we'll be helping you get to know each of them a little bit better. This week, we hear from Angela Dallara, Freedom to Marry's Communications Associate. Before coming to Freedom to Marry, Angela worked as the National News and Transgender Advocacy Fellow at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Angela graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in political science and concentrations in women's studies and Africana studies. 

1) Where are you from, and what brought you to New York City?

I grew up in Queens and have never wanted to leave New York. I went to college at a small school upstate, which was a nice temporary change, but I've always loved the vibrant energy and excitement in NYC.

2) Tell us about your Spanish language studies. What interests you about the language, and how have you found it useful?

I remember hearing people around me speaking Spanish all the time when I was little and wondering what they were saying. I was thrilled when I finally got to start learning it in middle school, and I studied it as much as I could from an early age. I love Spanish culture and Spanish music, and I think languages in general are fascinating. It's a great way to better understand other people and the world.

3) What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read, write, meet new people, and learn new things. I like to de-stress by working out. I always enjoy going out with my friends, and I love to spend time outside.

4) What has been your favorite "freedom to marry" moment - a time in the movement that has particularly resonated with you?

Watching the first same-sex couples marry in New York last summer was a moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was the perfect day, and I was with some of my favorite people. Although I wasn't at Freedom to Marry yet, I was working on the ground and helping out in whatever way I could. It really influenced my decision to come here.

5) Why does the freedom to marry matter to you?

Each one of us should have the freedom to spend our lives with the person that we love and be able to share in the happiness that comes with marriage.

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