Lyndsey Sickler (they/them) is a nonbinary femme, trans, queer, pagan, polyamorous, fat, body-positive community advocate for the transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and HIV-positive community, in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their work has spanned more than 24 years and has primarily focused on youth and young adults regarding sexual, mental, physical, and emotional health and safety. This includes topics such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), drug and alcohol, pregnancy, and suicide prevention/interventions as well as homeless outreach, resources, and support. Lyndsey was just hired as the first Executive Director for Proud Haven, an organization they have volunteered and served on the board for nearly seven years.
Lyndsey is an ovarian cancer survivor, diagnosed at 15, and was a caregiver for their mother from the age of 9. Lyndsey helped run the house and supported their mother who had chronic and progressive multiple sclerosis, lupus, and mental health issues like depression, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), and dissociative identity disorder (DID). These are a few of the personal reasons that advocacy around health and wellness and ease of access to necessary resources has been an important part of their whole life.
Originally from South Jersey, they have made their home in Pittsburgh and enjoys volunteering, watercolor painting, resin craft, sculpture, litho block printing, and many other kinds of artistic and creative shenanigans.