Drew Fisher grew up on a farm, so there were always plenty of animals around. He realized his love for them early on.
“I love that you can go home, no matter what kind of day you’ve had, and there’s always that little creature there ready to love you no matter what,” the 27-year-old Calvert County, Md., native says.
Fisher started working in animal care when he was 16 working his way up from cleaning out stalls to becoming a vet assistant to a vet technician and now, physical rehab. For the last two years, he’s been a canine physical rehabilitation technician at Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital in Huntingtown, Md., where he works with dogs who’ve had knee surgeries.
Fisher has two dogs of his own — Hank, 3, and Penny, 5, both French bulldogs. He recently rescued Penny from a puppy mill where she was kept with 150 other dogs.
Fisher, who commutes to his day job, moved to D.C. four years ago. He also works two nights a week at Number Nine, where he started about two months ago after four-and-a-half years at Cobalt.
He’s been dating Brynn Bennett for about a year and a half. Fisher lives in Eckington and enjoys his dogs, working out, gardening and exploring the city in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out for five years. I didn’t have that hard a time coming out. My family and friends were very understanding.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Hmmmmm. I have yet to find one.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
I don’t go out that much, but I like Number Nine.
Describe your dream wedding.
Small gathering of friends and family on the water. Nothing too fancy.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
I don’t think I would change anything. But if I had to pick something it would probably be WWI.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The National Equality March when Lady Gaga made a speech was pretty cool.
On what do you insist?
Good food and respect.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
A picture of a little French bulldog I recently rescued from a puppy mill.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Where do the funny people hang out?”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would feel bad for the people who would change their orientation. Be proud of who you are. Don’t change yourself because some people think you should.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe there are spirits around us. When we die there is something else. I don’t believe there is a guy sitting in the clouds checking up on everyone.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Y’all are doing great. Keep it up.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
A puppy in need of help.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That we are all feminine and love shopping.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
What’s the most overrated social custom?
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Don’t stress over the little stuff, save your money and if it was meant to be it will be.
I love D.C. You can’t beat the history here. Visiting all the monuments is a great way escape from the real world. I also love the small town vibe that D.C. has.