Lydia Meredith grew up impoverished; during the Jim Crow era (legalized discrimination). She overcame classism, sexism, and racism to become a successful executive. Upon leaving Corporate America, she founded the nonprofit organization, Beacon of Hope, Inc. – Renaissance Learning Center, raising over $1.5 million a year to serve thousands of disproportionately at-risk children, youth, and their families –residing in the most economically challenged communities of Metro Atlanta. Lydia Meredith received numerous awards and commendations from public officials for this work, such as, the Georgia Assembly N. T. Randall Servant Leadership Award, the Childhood Hero Award from former Governor Roy Barnes and his wife Marie Barnes — recognizing Beacon of Hope as the state-wide model for quality childcare in Georgia. Lydia Meredith is now retired and using her resources, voice and pen to support the struggle for same-sex justice, especially for homeless and uneducated same-sex children, youth and their families. She also serves on the Advisory Board (Vice-President) of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Region 14).