Meet The Team

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Amanda Keller

SHE/HER/HERS

DIRECTOR

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda moved to Alabama in 2006 and received her BA in Philosophy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

Amanda is the Founding Director of the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) and manages Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives, a photography exhibition by Carolyn Sherer. Family Matters premiered at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in April 2014, and was selected as the Outwin Boochever Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery finalist in 2016.

 

Her advocacy work began in Columbus, Ohio volunteering with a local AIDS service organization. That work continued at Birmingham AIDS Outreach in 2009. Amanda is proud to be in her 11th year of working with BAO and affiliated programs. 

 

Amanda is a graduate of the 2019 American Express Leadership Academy, serves on the Board of the Children’s Policy Council, and Mayor Woodfin’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. Additional awards include: 2015 Simpkins/Talley Spirit of Pride Award, 2015 B-Metro Fusion Award, 2017 Ben Rowell Community Service Award, AL.com’s 2017 “Women Who Shape the State” honoree, 2018 Sylvia Rivera Game Changer Award, one of 2018 Birmingham Business Journal’s “Women to Watch,” a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2020, and the UAB College of Arts and Sciences 2020 Distinguished Young Alumni.

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Lauren Jacobs

SHE/HER/HERS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Lauren Jacobs, Assistant Director at the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) in Birmingham, Alabama. At MCAC, Lauren provides community building, sexual wellness/healthy relationship education, and STI testing and for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.

 

Lauren is a Birmingham native whose advocacy around LGBTQ issues began as a student in high school. She became heavily involved in organizing at The University of Alabama where her work involved coalition building with a network of LGBTQ college student groups around the Southeastern U.S., and developing programs and events around gender, sexuality, racial and reproductive justice. Lauren was a principal organizer for the Southeastern LGBTQ Student Leadership Conference, offering space for hundreds of students to build a diverse community of LGBTQ southerners.  

 

Lauren has contributed writing to Autostraddle.com, the world's biggest queer women's website, and served as associate producer to Alabama Bound, an award-winning documentary that has brought stories of lesbian families in Alabama to screens around the country.

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Meet The Team

Amanda Keller.jpeg

Amanda Keller

SHE/HER/HERS

DIRECTOR

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Amanda moved to Alabama in 2006 and received her BA in Philosophy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

Amanda is the Founding Director of the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) and manages Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives, a photography exhibition by Carolyn Sherer. Family Matters premiered at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in April 2014, and was selected as the Outwin Boochever Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery finalist in 2016.

 

Her advocacy work began in Columbus, Ohio volunteering with a local AIDS service organization. That work continued at Birmingham AIDS Outreach in 2009. Amanda is proud to be in her 11th year of working with BAO and affiliated programs. 

 

Amanda is a graduate of the 2019 American Express Leadership Academy, serves on the Board of the Children’s Policy Council, and Mayor Woodfin’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. Additional awards include: 2015 Simpkins/Talley Spirit of Pride Award, 2015 B-Metro Fusion Award, 2017 Ben Rowell Community Service Award, AL.com’s 2017 “Women Who Shape the State” honoree, 2018 Sylvia Rivera Game Changer Award, one of 2018 Birmingham Business Journal’s “Women to Watch,” a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2020, and the UAB College of Arts and Sciences 2020 Distinguished Young Alumni.

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Lauren Jacobs

SHE/HER/HERS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Lauren Jacobs, Assistant Director at the Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) in Birmingham, Alabama. At MCAC, Lauren provides community building, sexual wellness/healthy relationship education, and STI testing and for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.

 

Lauren is a Birmingham native whose advocacy around LGBTQ issues began as a student in high school. She became heavily involved in organizing at The University of Alabama where her work involved coalition building with a network of LGBTQ college student groups around the Southeastern U.S., and developing programs and events around gender, sexuality, racial and reproductive justice. Lauren was a principal organizer for the Southeastern LGBTQ Student Leadership Conference, offering space for hundreds of students to build a diverse community of LGBTQ southerners.  

 

Lauren has contributed writing to Autostraddle.com, the world's biggest queer women's website, and served as associate producer to Alabama Bound, an award-winning documentary that has brought stories of lesbian families in Alabama to screens around the country.

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Jessica Orcutt

SHE/HER/HERS

INTERN

Jessica is a Birmingham native who is currently working on a Master of Public Health at UAB. She lives in Downtown Birmingham with her boyfriend (who has been a patient at MCWC for several years) and their two cats (Lady and Earl). Although she has lived in a number of places, Birmingham has always had a special place in her heart.

 

Jessica has been engaged in LGBTQ advocacy for many years (starting with her time as a BAGSLY leader in high school) and is excited to continue this involvement as an intern at MCAC. During this time, she will focus on transgender care and mental health in the LGBTQ community. In the future, as a Public Health professional, she hopes to improve the overall health status of and work towards equity for the Alabama LGBTQ community. 

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Maggie Yester


INTERN

Maggie was born and raised in Birmingham and is excited to continue to be a part of the Birmingham community as an intern with MCAC! Maggie is currently working towards a Master of Public Health from UAB and has an undergrad degree in public health from UAB. 

Maggie first learned about MCAC through a GSA meeting in high school and is forever grateful for the support spaces like these have provided for Maggie’s own journey. Because of places like MCAC, Maggie knows firsthand the importance of safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ youth, especially in the South, and is thrilled to be back at MCAC to foster this experience for other young people.  

As an intern with MCAC, Maggie will focus on LGBTQ-centered safer sex education, and the promotion of safety and wellness for trans youth- especially in light of Alabama’s recent legislation.