Pride 2018 at The Firm: Jess Braverman!

It’s our FAVORITE time of year again, PRIDE! Over here at The Firm Pride is woven into the fabric of who we are, so much so that it is in our mission statement. As we celebrate PRIDE in our community, we wanted to highlight members of our community that inspire us. We are kicking off our Pride Highlights with Jess Bravermen! Read Jess’s full interview below!

1/ Can you tell us a bit about your path and how you landed here at the Firm, in Minneapolis?

Jess: I’m originally from the Bronx, NY but my wife is from Minnesota and slowly convinced me to move here. I’m a Public Defender with Lindsay who works at The Firm so I decided to give it a try. The Firm is very friendly, I like the CrossFit program but I also like that there are so many class options. Doug’s Saturday morning step-aerobics class is always a good time, he always tells me I’m doing great even when I clearly have no idea what’s going on and am definitely facing the wrong direction.

2/ What inspired you to be a part of the fitness community?

Jess: A few years ago I decided to stop drinking to support loved-ones who quit drinking and I realized I didn’t know what to do with my time in the evenings if I wasn’t going out to bars. I lived near a rock climbing gym that was open late and found a great LGBT rock climbing club in New York called Crux. It was the first time I got serious about fitness and training and started setting goals and schedules for myself, and I really liked it. Exercising with friends is also a great way to get the stress out.

3/ How many years have you been a part of The Firm’s Pride float?

Jess: I just joined the Firm last fall so sadly I’ve never been part of the The Firm’s Pride float.

4/ What is one of your favorite PRIDE memories?

Jess: NY Pride is just massive and very corporate with different brands competing to be more visible. At my first Minneapolis parade I saw a city snow plow in the parade and the driver was honking the horn and the plow had a sign on it that said “we plow for everyone” and I really don’t know why but I found it so touching – it just totally fit my first impression of Minnesota. Also my first 5K was the Minneapolis Pride 5K in 2016 – I was so tired but when I got to the part of the race that covered the parade route people who lined up to see the parade were cheering and it definitely got me through the last mile. I’m now marathon bound – we’ll see how that works out…

5/ If you could tell someone one thing about Pride in Minneapolis, what would it be?

Jess: I would tell my New York City friends: a) Minneapolis is not in Michigan or Wisconsin, it’s in Minnesota which is a totally different state in the same general area b) They still have coffee shops that play 90’s music so you can feel like you’re coming out all over again c) It’s a super gay city that goes all out for Pride. 

We LOVE you Jess, and are SO excited to celebrate PRIDE with you!

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