For Pride Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various LGBTQ+ Americans who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today's Pride Month profile is Dane Chilton of the Ironworkers.
Dane Chilton is a trans ironworker out of Local 86 in Seattle. He has been a member of the Ironworkers since 2008 and in the trade far longer. At age 37, Chilton started transitioning—something he said he waited a long time to do. Chilton recalls his transition, fondly saying, “I received a world of support from other Ironworkers, my local and the Ironworkers. That support made all the difference and gave me a safe space to be my true self.”