Lurissa A. Sponsler-Overby
Lurissa was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Harvey School Elementary School and Madison High School. She is a graduate of Oregon Institute of Technology and has two Masters degrees from Southern Oregon University. Lurissa is currently a Special Education teacher in the Reynolds School District. She is married with two children and two step-children. In August 2013, Lurissa’s 27-year old daughter came out as a transgender woman. Lurissa’s words to her daughter were, “You will lose some of your family. You will lose some friends. But you will never lose me.” Lurissa quickly became involved with PFLAG Portland and is currently the secretary of the board and co-coordinator of PFLAG East County. She is also involved with Integrity USA, “Believe Out Loud” welcoming congregations, and TransActive. You will often find her working quietly behind the scenes by counseling and encouraging LGBTQ parents, coordinating advocacy projects, volunteering to table PFLAG and Integrity USA booths at community events, and helping Eric stay organized. Lurissa is passionate about LGBTQ advocacy and pledges to work towards making life better for those who are marginalized.
Eric J. Overby
Eric is a Navy Veteran, a father of two with two additional step-children. He was born and raised in the Portland area and attended high school at Madison graduating in 1981. He currently resides in Troutdale Eric got involved with LGBTQ advocacy over a year ago when his step-daughter Karis came out as a transgender woman. He immediately got involved with PFLAG Portland and eventually became a Board Member of that group while reopening PFLAG Portland East County chapter, sharing the coordinator duties with his wife. Throughout the year he and his wife also helped their church, St. Luke’s Episcopal of Gresham, become a “Believe Out Loud” congregation, which means St. Luke’s allows for full inclusion of all, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Eric is currently the Convener of Integrity USA of the Oregon Diocese. Eric has also been involved with Sen. Merkley’s proposed bill for non-LGBTQ discrimination in all public and work places.
Reid is a retired therapist whose clientele was almost exclusively transgender, or family members of a trans person. Reid himself has lived his life within 5 of the letters of the entire LGBTQQIAAP acronym. Over the course of his career, he worked with over 450 people asking, “How do I want to live my life?” in the context of gender identity, including family members and partners of trans people. He is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and the books Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity and Journeys of Transformation: Stories from Across the Acronym.