For Pride Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various LGBTQ+ union members who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Olivia "Liv" Yelton of the Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Liv Yelton is a trans woman who is about to start her third year as an apprentice, and she is an active member of IBEW Local 191. She is the chair of her local's COPE Committee, vice chair of the SISTERS Committee, vice president of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus chapter and a delegate to her county labor council. She is the founder and co-president of a nonprofit organization called the Advocacy Coalition for Transgender Siblings (ACTS), where she's built a safe and friendly community for IBEW trans and nonbinary siblings to connect and to advocate for their rights and inclusion in their union.