35-year-old Jessica (Jess) Jefferys has been through a lot in her lifetime. She sat down on Jan. 17th to share with PridePalace the struggles in her life as a drug addict growing up in the Gulf Coast area.
Jess entered the small, two-bedroom apartment visibly nervous. “I’m scared,” she said, reaching for a cigarette. We sat down at the three-seat, wooden table to smoke.
Her story brought to her mind memories of a past filled with pain. “I don’t want to cry,” she whispers as she sat down on the blue love seat and prepared for the interview. Hands shaking, yet with a smile, she slowly began her story.
Jess’ story is one of victory. She put in the work to make a better life for herself. In 2008, she put in an application for McDonalds. Nine years later, she is now Senior Manager.
Heather Brooks, a friend and co-worker, has been an up-close witness of Jess’ personal triumph in overcoming her many obstacles.
“She lives her life with an appreciation for the little things,” says Brooks. “With everything she’s been through, she always has such a positive outlook on life. She’s one of those people you just love to be around.”
Jessica is a success story to anyone struggling in their life with addiction. According to Jess, “Don’t ever give up! Life is too short. Put one foot in front of the other and you can reach your goal!”
On June 2, 2012, Danielle Hovind of Marcus Point Baptist Church organized the “Stand for Righteousness” Rally in protest of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s proclamation of Pensacola Pride Week being held the week of June 10th – 16th. Guest speakers included Pensacola Tea Party President, Mike Hill.
Supporters of Pensacola’s Mayor Ashton Hayward’s declaration of Pensacola Pride Week stand in protest to the “Stand FOR Righteousness” Rally (held in opposition to the Mayor), in Old Seville Park, Pensacola, Fla., Monday, June 2, 2012.
A “Stand for Righteousness” Rally member holds his sign of protest against Mayor Ashton Hayward’s declaration of Pensacola Pride Week, in Old Seville Park, Pensacola, Fla. on Monday, June 2, 2012.
A sign, in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s declaration of Pensacola Pride Week, is held in front of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride flag in Old Seville Park, Pensacola, Fla. On Monday, June 2, 2012.
A little girl holds a sign protesting Mayor Ashton Hayward’s support of Pride Week, during the “Stand for Righteousness Rally” in Old Seville Park, Pensacola, Florida on Monday, June 2, 2012
“Stand AGAINST Self-Righteousness” Rally member holds her sign in Old Seville Park, Pensacola, Fla. Monday, June 2, 2012, in support for Mayor Ashton’s declaration of Pensacola Pride Week.
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June 2012 Youtube video by: Chris Adams / www.Youtube.com/user/PridePalace
PridePalace brings you a spoken word/poetry selection from Anastasia Hill. Brought to you by Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida’s “Of Pride and Prose” held every 3rd Wednesday of each month from Pensacola’s Equality House.