100 Women We Love: Lee P. Sharmat

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It’s safe to say nobody has ever described Lee Sharmat as a wallflower or a bystander. In the ‘90s, she kickstarted her career as Andy Humm’s co-host on the TV news program Gay USA, interviewing political heavyweights and celebrities, and serving on the board of the ’94 Gay Games. For the past decade, she’s worked as a librarian, teacher and policy debate coach at ACORN Community High School, where she facilitates a gay-straight alliance. “I have a commitment to education—mine and others’,” she says. “I work hard, I do my best to learn and grow, and I want to be a positive role model for my students, gay and straight.” Sharmat is a veteran softball umpire for the Public School Athletic and the Prospect Park Softball Leagues, and currently serves as an archivist, cataloguer and curator for the Cherry Grove Arts Project Archives. And her work gets more exciting all the time—Sharmat writes and performs in several Fire Island/Cherry Grove community house productions, plays tuba for the Queer Urban Orchestra, and shoots photos for GO Magazine. “Being in the closet, I ran into a lot of walls,” she says. “It took me a little longer to achieve personal and financial success, but now that I’m out everywhere I go, life is incredibly enjoyable.” –QW

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