On June 12, life changed for Brandon Wolf. He hid in a dark bathroom while a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing his two best friends, Drew Leinonen & Juan Guerrero, as well as 47 others. Narrowly escaping through an emergency exit, Brandon quickly found himself in the center of the international news cycle and an increasingly hostile political landscape. But rather than get swallowed up by the anger and fear of tragedy, Brandon and his group of friends set out to honor Drew’s legacy with action.
In the weeks following Pulse, Brandon established a nonprofit organization called The Dru Project, which aims to establish Gay Straight Alliances in public schools across Central Florida and bridge gaps in diversity and inclusion in secondary education. Continuing the work Drew did as a teen, The Dru Project works with local and state LGBTQIA organizations to balance education, open dialogue, and service learning to create safe spaces for all youth. Brandon attended the University of Oregon for Political Science, and currently partners with The Zebra Coalition and Equality Florida to bring awareness to his and other LGBTQIA projects statewide.