Erica Clark Finds Solace in the Drag Community
Erica Clark, 32, loves the stage more than anything else. "I was a cheerleader in high school and my dad was a gymnast so I've always been exposed to performance," Clark said. Clark is a performer at the University Club, located in downtown Gainesville. As a male-to-female transgender woman, she frequently stands against self-doubt and the struggle to find her light. "I've been performing for almost 20 years; nothing is gonna keep me from doing what I love," Clark said. After a reoccurring fight with skin cancer left her riddled with dark spots on her arms and legs, she chose to keep moving forward. "These are my scars. I have them and after years of hating the way I looked, I'm finally in a spot where I'm happy," Clark said.