Born in South Jersey and raised by a single mother, Melissa Meier grew up with three gay brothers and considers gay rights a personal and civil rights issue. She currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Before it closed down, Melissa worked at a bar that was a hot spot for political activism, conversation and discourse. She prefers dive bars to upscale bars because she likes to be able to talk and interact with her the patrons on a personal level. Her true goal in life is to develop human connections with everyone she meets through laughter, and maybe even some swearing. Although part of her family is from Wisconsin, she’s never spent any real time in the Midwest and is looking forward to forging connections with her new town, regardless of political affiliations or even despite them.