100 Women We Love: Class of 2006

Sonya Hemphill
After her mother’s death from cancer in 2002, Hemphill found a way to help heal from the grief. She followed her mother’s lifelong dream and opened Clouds in My Coffee, a coffeeshop/arts space with poetry and performances. This New Yorker and CUNY grad moved to Florida when her mother got ill, and said of the café, “Her legacy lives on in all of the lives that are touched by the theatrical works that we produce each year at Clouds.” Now as a member of Orlando’s LGBT community, Hemphill took part in GayDays. “In fact, this year I [produced] the first lesbian play in the 16-year history of GayDays Orlando,” said Hemphill. ”It [was] the first, but I hope that it will inspire others so that it is not the last.”
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