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Dee McMaher

Wilbur Wright College

Paralegal Studies


Community College

Coach Dream It Real Scholarship

Dee McMaher is a deaf, gay, transgender person with a background in LGBTQIA+ advocacy. They started their career working with LGBTQIA+ youth, and have spent the last 10 years working as an educator and advocate for transgender children and their families. As the parent of a transgender child and a transgender person themself, Dee is well aware of the issues that transgender experience, including school and workplace discrimination, bullying, and limited access to healthcare. They have learned how to help children and families overcome such issues by providing education to school staff, guiding people through processes like name and gender marker changes, and becoming an expert in legal protections for transgender people. Dee is pursuing an education in legal studies, starting with the American Bar Association accredited paralegal program at Wright College. Dee will put their education into practice through an internship with the Center for Disability and Elder Law working with LGBTQIA+ disabled and elderly individuals. They plan to continue their studies and get a Masters of Jurisprudence and then continue their legal advocacy work on a broader scale. Their dream is to do the research that supports legal cases and policy advocacy that can lead to more systemic change for LGBTQIA+ people.

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