Will was born in 1968 in a time when sexual orientation was not talked about unless it was the butt of a joke. Will never learned about gender identity until he was an adult working at UWL. He always felt like he was different, he did not feel congruent, and his inner vision of who he was never matched the person he saw in the mirror. He struggled with many things: an abusive childhood, alcoholism, anxiety/depression, coming out as a lesbian and later a trans man. Will will share with you his journey.
Will Van Roosenbeek (he/him/they/them) serves as the LGBTQ+ Programs and Services Director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Will identifies as a white, queer, trans man. He is a first generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from UW-L. Will has been a member of the Fellowship for many years. Will lives in La Crosse with his partner, Tara, and their dog Ruby.
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