Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Diedre is truly a midwest girl living in the Mid-Atlantic. Her honest beginnings gave her a strong appreciation and respect for having a different path to walk and, ultimately, destiny to live. Although she was raised in a Christian home, Diedre believes her relationship with the creator is greater than any single form of religion.
As a gospel musician, educator and advocate, Diedre uses her skills and talents to create and foster emotional and spiritual safe spaces where the “whole” person can become “whole”. Whether through music, inspirational words or even just a hug and smile, the healing of our community is always her goal.
Diedre has embraced an even greater experience. As the first openly transgender person to be hired by the D.C. Health Department, she served as D.C. Transgender Health Coordinator. In 2020 began working for the The Trevor Project supporting lgbtq+ youth in crisis, as a Digital Crisis Supervisor. Then, in 2021, she produced and released her first single and music video entitled “My Life Matters” as both a response and call to action regarding the violence against and murders of transgender and non-binary people, especially trans women of color. In 2022, Diedre founded her non-profit, Auntie’s Home Inc, with the goal to provide safe housing options for trans and gender diverse people experiencing homelessness. In addition, she started her music company GrayRose Music, named in honor of her mother who passed away in 2020 but still deeply influences her. In 2023, the Rainbow History Project hired Diedre to be their Trans History Initiative Director. The Initiative’s goal is to collect the stories, faces and places that have made the rich history of trans folx here in the DMV and DC specifically.
While being an ordained Reverend with the express purpose to be a resource for community that want to marry, Diedre knows that although some may question her journey, it is not her responsibility to defend or explain but rather to invite them to experience the full blessing that she is. Wherever she goes, Diedre knows that the universe is calling her to share the light and love given to her by that same universe, with all who want to receive it.