Diana Loring loves to be angry.
A resident of Reno, Nevada, Loring has been an activist on multiple issues. She was a rally marshal for the first year of the Women’s March in 2017 and spoke at the second one in 2018. She has also organized around DACA, and held a vigil following the murder of Heather Heyer at Charlottesville.
The movement which Loring works the most passionately on, however, is gun violence prevention.
Loring got her start in the gun violence prevention movement in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting in 2016 when she joined One Pulse for America, an organization launched by George Takei to address gun violence. From there, she joined Moms Demand Action, and later rapidly organized a vigil after the Las Vegas shooting.
She could not say enough about how much being involved with the organization has meant to her.
“I’ve loved it every single day,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful experience. I love this organization. I enjoy every time I do something with Moms Demand Action. And of course the survivors are incredible.”
For Loring, her desire to make a difference is an intensely personal one.
“I transitioned a few years ago,” Loring said. “I wanted to make a difference. I want to be mad the rest of my life. Moms Demand Action allows me to do that.”
Loring has channeled that righteous anger into her work as a member of the training team with Moms Demand. After taking time off to go to school, Loring returned to Moms Demand Action to be a trainer at the 2018 Gun Sense University. In November of that year, she became a member of the National Training Team; one month later, she became the legislative/campaign lead for the team.
“I touch people with a new skill they can come back with,” Loring said. “I get to influence people all over the country. And there’s nothing more rewarding than that.”
“The support I’ve gotten from Moms Demand Action and Everytown has been fantastic. Anybody that’s been involved knows how amazing this organization is of anybody, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation.”
“This is my niche with Moms,” she said. “This is where I belong.”