100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Angela Failla

Photo by Kiara Caesar

Angela Failla started her summer off with some happy tears. On June 5th, The Harold Robinson Foundation, a non-profit providing the funding and resources to send Los Angeles’ less fortunate children and families to camp, raised over one million dollars at their annual fundraiser, Pedal on the Pier. As the program director for the foundation’s Camp Ubuntu, Failla was emotional, having seen how the camp can transform lives firsthand. “Day one [the kids] come off the bus filled with trust issues, and many of them with an inability to receive love from others,” she says. “Three days later, they have overcome obstacles by way of conquering some of their fears, opening themselves to sharing their personal stories and are most open to receiving love and support from not only our counselors at Camp Ubuntu but from each other, which is one of our primary goals.” Although Failla says she’s never had a “coming out,” she has “always been embraced,” but knows that’s not the case for so many others. “I am proud to be a part of this the LGBT community as it grows and breaks down barriers,” Failla says. “Be comfortable with who you are, true to who you are and feel free to love whoever you want to love. In the end, that’s what truly matters. You are a warrior—be proud.” —TB

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