Family Profile: The Harris’

Who are you?

I’m Chloe Harris and I live in South Philadelphia with my son Ryan.

Tell us what makes you extra awesome!

I’m a Recreation Leader for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and I specialize in community based sports programming. At an early age I saw the importance of sports, recreation, and the community. Involvement in community organized athletics was a big part of my childhood. My participation in sports added to my confidence, fortitude, perseverance, and spirit. My passion is bringing those same sport and recreation opportunities to the youth and LGBTQ communities of Philadelphia. I’m a strong believer in the power of visibility, and I’m the first out transwoman to work in the field for Parks and Recreation.

What are your kids doing that is super cool?

My son is full of energy and enthusiasm for life. He excels at art, wrestling, Minecraft world building, Beyblade battling, Nerf war, lego creation, and puns. He is my co-pilot in life, and I couldn’t do it all without him.

Why do you call the Philadelphia area home and what makes it a special place to raise tweens?

I was born and raised in this great city. I’m the third generation of my family to serve Philadelphia. My grandfather guarded the Liberty Bell back when it was in Independence Hall and my mother was a Philadelphia public school teacher for over 30 years. There’s something special about this city, it’s the perfect combination of attitude and grit. I’m one of those people who’s lucky enough to be born in the perfect place.

Learn more about Chloe’s journey in her profile on the I’m From Driftwood LGBTQ Story Archive: