Jesse Neel grew up in Harrison, AR and has lived in Portland, OR for the past 16 years. He is pursuing an M.A. in Professional Mental Health Counseling Program at Lewis and Clark College. As a counselor, he plans to work with LGBTQ adults and youth, specializing in gender and trauma-related issues. He intends to collaborate with colleagues, with the aim of creating a mental health clinic for LGBTQ+ individuals. Jesse received the Pride of the Rose and Pride Foundation Community scholarships.