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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Connor Maddocks - offering a helping hand

In the eight years that Connor Maddocks has been in San Diego, he has become a well known figure around town. Aside from the volunteer work he does for the transgender community, and organizations like San Diego LGBT Pride, he also works full time at The Center.

Maddocks is 58 years old, single, and hails from Natick, Mass.

What organization(s) do you volunteer for, and why?

I volunteer for The Center mainly, because the work we do here is so important and helpful to the entire community.

I work with the transgender community because I am a member and we need to be there for each other in any way we can. I volunteer for Pride because it is an awesome event that I am proud to be part of.

What motivates you to do the volunteer work you do?

Life has been good to me and it’s important that I give back to those around me and help make people’s lives better. When I do that, my life is enriched and I love that circle of love volunteering creates.

Do you volunteer because of your work, or not? And what do you do for a career?

I am a facilities manager [at The Center], so my volunteering sometimes relates to my work, like when I volunteer for San Diego Pride - some of my personal expertise comes in handy!

I volunteer because I have always believed in being part of something bigger than yourself to help make the world a better place, and because my work allows me to incorporate my community work with my everyday job.

What is something that many people do not know about you?

I am the parent of three wonderful daughters and have six awesome grandchildren.

What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?

Greater understanding and inclusion for the transgender community.

What do you like most about the local LGBT community?

That when things happen, good or bad, everyone comes together to celebrate or to help, regardless of the letter (LGBT).

What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life other than volunteering?

I play "World of Warcraft" where I am a guild leader and a level 85 Night Elf Druid.

Maddocks regularly speaks out for the transgender community and the LGBT community as a whole, as he did last year at the march and rally sponsored by the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality, where he encouraged the crowd to stay vigilant and stand up against all forms of hate.