Name: Elysa D. Bratcher
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Profession: Bartender and YouTuber
In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
I am mom to all. If my experience can help others, then I am the most successful person in the world.
Your favorite hangout spot.
Favorite guilty pleasure.
“Everything happens for a reason.”
Who is your biggest influence? And why?
My grandmother. I was raised in the South in the ’70s—not the best time to be a Black person. I am biracial and she was dark skinned. When we went out, people would treat her like she was a nanny or maid. She was so regal and always taking the high road. I look back at all she did and all she taught me. I know I would be nothing without her. She is the reason I help others whenever I can.
My future wedding to the love of my life.
Do you have any regrets in life?
No. There is always something you could have done differently, but I am where I am supposed to be. No regrets.
Favorite lesbian celebrity.
Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
I am a singer. Before I could talk, I could sing. My fiancée and I have a YouTube channel. “DC Koolaid & Lisa” chronicles our relationship and family.