Obit: Local activist, former LYG program director Anna Giangrande

by Sara Havens

Anna Giangrande passed away unexpectedly on the morning of April 26, a week before she was to be married to her fiancée Amber. She is survived by family, an abundance of friends around the globe and a handful of cats.

Anna was a loud and proud member of Louisville’s LGBTQ community. She spent nearly a decade working for the Louisville Youth Group as a mentor, and she eventually worked her way up to director of programming from 2015-2017. Anna flourished in that role because she welcomed all with open arms and made everyone — from kids to fellow adult mentors — feel special, accepted, loved and protected. With her boisterous personality and love of adventure, Anna touched the lives of so many in our community, and there wasn’t a cause or fundraiser she wouldn’t jump in to support.

There will be a private celebration of life ceremony held for Anna’s friends and family on May 28. Anna’s family and fiancée request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of Anna’s favorite organizations, Derby City Sisters (, which is a local chapter of the national Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence nonprofit. Their mission aligns perfectly with Anna’s unrelenting vocation: “We use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.”
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