Read With Pride began as an one-time fundraising endeavor for TriPride in East Tennessee. However, our founders’ passion for the project inspired them to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and readership of LGBTQIA+ stories year-round. By collecting, curating, and, most of all, sharing literature that reflects the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community, we hope to spread knowledge, acceptance, and support for LGBTQIA+ individuals through the power of literature.

Meet the Staff of Read With Pride

Co-founder & Director of Read With Pride

Kadee Whaley is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Kentucky and a Co-founder of Read With Pride. In her composition and film courses, she encourages students to consider the experiences of others and stresses the importance of civic engagement in achieving equity for all. A long time ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, Read With Pride combines two of her greatest passions: cultivating inclusive representation in popular culture and a love of books.

Co-founder & Board Member of Read With Pride

Alyssa Sciortino is a pediatric speech language pathologist and Co-founder of Read With Pride. As a practicing clinician at a child development center, she emphasizes the importance of empathy, diversity, and inclusivity when shaping young minds and fostering their self-expression. As a passionate ally, she started Read With Pride to communicate these values and increase access to Children’s Literature that teaches self-love, promotes acceptance, and represents an array of childhood experiences.  

Board Member & Patron Saint of Read With Pride.

Sister Frieda Goodhome is a Fully Professed sister with the Kentucky Fried Sisters, house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. With a personal mission in preserving the current voice and histories of queer people(s), Sister Freida works closely with literacy, art, and theatre organizations to keep LGBQT+ stories on-the-planks (that means ‘on the stage’ for non-drama-club folk), on the walls, and shelves of schools, libraries, resource centers, theaters, galleries, etc.