MEET THE INTERNS: Tierney Tran and Andrew Caplan

Meet the Interns

This Spring semester, two journalism students from University of South Florida St. Petersburg are interning with Equality Florida as writers and storytellers. They are focused on marriage related stories to highlight the positive impact it has been since January 6 when the freedom to marry began here in Florida. Now, as the federal marriage case makes its way up through the courts, Floridians across the state need to continue having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for a final, national victory at the United States Supreme Court.

Tierney Tran

Stories published:
Together 26 Years: Dan and Steve Warren's Story
Love Is Louder: Dean & Rob's Story
A Part Of History: Malene & Carrie's Story

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Tierney Tran. I am 20 years old and am a senior at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg studying mass communications with a concentration in journalism. I am a teacher’s assistant at a local middle school, as well as a sales associate.

Why did you want to intern with Equality Florida.
I wanted to intern with Equality Florida because I feel that marriage equality is very important. I have loved ones who have been waiting a long time for their love to be legally recognized. I wanted to do something to help. Interning with Equality Florida has allowed me to be involved and use my passion for writing and getting to know people.

Why do you feel it is important to share stories of same sex couples and the people that support them?
I think telling it is important to communicate to people who do not support marriage equality. Hearing these stories can really help express how important equality is and how much it affects people’s lives. It also is important to acknowledge the struggles these couples and supporters have gone through.

What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate, I haven’t fully decided what I am going to do. Hopefully I will be able to continue advocacy writing. I intend to apply for writing jobs all across the country, fingers crossed.

Andrew Caplan

Stories published:
Hearts Full of Acceptance in FL…
15 Years Finally Legal in FL

Tell us about yourself. 
My name is Andrew Caplan and I am 26 years old. I had a late start to college, but I am trying to make it count now. I am the sports editor for the campus newspaper and love every minute of it, although it can be stressful at times. I live in Spring Hill, FL and have to drive over an hour to class each day I attend. I have a very supportive family that I love very much.

Why did you want to intern with Equality Florida?
I thought an internship with Equality Florida would bring an opportunity to do something different than what I was accustomed to, and I was right. Sharing couples' stories brought on more writing experience, better interview skills, and all for a great cause. I have learned so much about the LGBT community in my short time with Equality Florida and I think it has made me a better person to date.

Why do you feel it is important to share stories of same sex couples and the people that support them?
I feel sharing these stories is important because there are so many people out there who know little about the LGBT community. To have conversations with REAL people about REAL discrimination and to hear their side of it, makes you sympathize and feel for the person as an individual. Heterosexual, gay, or lesbian, we are all people with feelings and share more similarities than differences. I feel if I can help inform someone, even if it's only a little bit, then I did what I set out to do. I feel equal rights is something everyone deserves and just because you are attracted to the same sex, does not change that.

What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to be a writer/reporter and cover sporting events. It is my hobby to go to or watch these game already, but to be paid to do it would be a dream come true. I am willing to start doing high school games with dreams of covering NFL games. I have already covered a couple Bucs games and have spoken to some of the biggest names in the game, like Joe Flacco and Drew Brees. Who wouldn't want to do that for a career?


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