“I had to hide for so long. I came out after my last kid, but I was gay since I was 13. I had boyfriends AND girlfriends. I had to use the boys to cover up what I was, to make my parents happy.”

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Elena is a professional photographer and knitting enthusiast originally from Aliquippa and is somewhat ashamed to admit she currently resides in Butler. She has spent most of her life working for her family at Sheffield Lanes and The Fallout Shelter, where she fixes bowling machines and drinks. You can see more of her photography on her website or follow her on Facebook.