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Celebrating Excellence within the Trans Community 2015

Maddie Adams

Dylan Flunker

Jennifer Louise Lopez

Geena Rocero

Ben Power Alwin

Theo George

Kristen parker lovell

Rev. Megan Rohrer

Jae Bates

Katrina Goodlett

Tommy Luckett

Avi Isaiah Rudnick

Oliver Bendorf

Dr. Kai M. Green

Mickey Mahoney

Jayden HC Sampson

Andrea Bowen

Brooke Cerda Guzman

Greta Gustava Martela

Greyson Simon

Avi Bowie

Gretchen Rachel Hammond

J Mase III

Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis

Myles Alexander Brady

Rhys Harper

J.D. Melendez

Grace Sterling Stowell

Meghan Buell

Imani Keith Henry

Julian Melson

Turner Stulting

Lexie Cannes

Joe Ippolito

Joselyn Mendoza

De Sube

daniella carter

Mary Irons

Victor J. Mukasa

Emma Violet Todd

Joanna Cifredo

Monica James-Lauren

michael nunson

Crispin Torres

Thomi Clinton

Sandy Evan James

Toni Newman

Jos Truitt

Lynn Conway

Jennell Jaquays

Maxwell Ng

Alok Vaid-Menon

Yvonne Cook-Riley

Samantha Jo-Dato

Kean O’Brien

Jay Very

James Darling

Sayer Andrew Johnson

Elijah Oberman

Victoria Villalba

Jordan Gwendolyn Davis

Monica Jones

Marcus Alexander Xaviar Ordane

LaSaia Wade

Rashida Davison

NIC Kay

Reyna Ortiz

Bonn Wade

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

Bryn Kelly

Alexis P. Paige

Melvin Antoine Whitehead

Dallas Denny

Aydin Kennedy

Ben Panico

Willy Wilkinson

Ashley Diamond

Mira Krishnan

Petey Peterson

Dawn Josephine Wilson

Reverend Tammy Jubilant

Malachi Larrabee-Garza

Dianne Grace Piggott

Hina Wong-Kalu

Dutcher, OJCR

Jiz Lee

Chelsea Poe

Kylie Wu

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Justin Lemley

Penelope Poppers

Evan Young

Kale Edmiston

Aryah Lester

Rebeka Refuse

LaLa Zannell

Lauryn Farris

Dr. Rachel Levine

Sari Reisner, ScD

Leslie Feinberg


Ben Power Alwin

Jae Bates

Oliver Bendorf

Andrea Bowen

Myles Alexander Brady

Meghan Buell

Lexie Cannes

Daniella Carter

Thomi Clinton

Lynn Conway

Yvonne Cook-Riley

James Darling

Rashida Davison

Mushuq Mushtaq Deen

Dallas Denny

Ashley Diamond

Tammy Dutcher

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Kale Edmsiton

Lauryn Farris

Sam Feder

Dylan Flunker

Theo George

Katrina Goodlett

Dr. Kai M. Greene

Brooke Cerda Guzman

Gretchen R. Hammond

Rhys Harper

Imani Keith Henry

Joe Ippolito

Monica James- Lauren

Sandy Evan James

Jennell Jaquays

Samantha Jo-Dato

Sayer Andrew Johnson

Monica Jones

NIC Kay

Bryn Kelly

Aydin Kennedy

Mira Krishnan

Malachi Larrabbee-Garza

Jiz Lee

Justin Lemley

Aryah Lester

Dr. Rachel Levine

Maddie Adams

Avi Bowie

Joanna Cifredo

Jordan Gwendolyn Davis

Mary Irons


Kristin Parker Lovell

Tommy Luckett

Mickey Mahoney

Geta Gustava Martela

J Mase III

J.D. Melendez

Julian Melson

Joselyn Mendoza

Victor J. Mukasa

Michael Munson

Toni Newman

Maxwell Ng

Kean O’Brien

Elijah Oberman

Marcus Ordane

Reyna Ortiz

Alexis P. Paige

Ben Panico

Petey Peterson

Diane G. Piggott

Chelsea Poe

Penelope Poppers

Rebeka Refuse

Sari Reisner

Geena Rocero

Megan Rohrer

Avi Isaiah Rudnick

Jayden H.C. Sampson

Greyson Simon

Dr. Joseph L. Simonis

Grace Sterling Stowell

Turner Stulting

De Sube

Emma Violet Todd

Crispin Torres

Jos Truitt

Alok Vaid-Menon

Bonn Wade

LaSaia Wade

Hina Wong-Kalu

Kylie Wu

Jennifer Lopez

Melvin Antoine Whitehead

Evan Young

Jay Very

Victoria Villalba

Willy Wilkinson

Dawn Josephine Wilson

LaLa Zannell

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Leslie Feinberg


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Our Mission Celebrating Excellence The Trans 100 celebrates excellence within the trans community. Our mission consists of two parts: 1. Provide an overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the United States. 2. Act as a resource for the transgender community and our allies around the globe. In this way we hope to highlight exceptional work done by and for trans people, promote those who may not otherwise receive recognition, and increase positive visibility for the trans community as a whole.


Letter from the Directors The 2015 Trans 100 marks the third year of The Trans 100. In those few short years, it has grown from the brainchild of Co-Founders Antonia D’Orsay and Jen Richards to an internationally recognized list of trans activists and change-makers, an annual gathering of the trans community, and a celebration of who we are and the work we’re doing. Working within The Trans 100 - living, breathing, and sleeping the list creation and event planning and social media outreach and fundraising and more - it’s easy to forget how this list is viewed once we release it into the world. We have heard stories of The Trans 100 being used in boardrooms to discuss the growing power of our community; of it being used on college campuses to teach and learn about the amazing work being done for and by trans people; of it being used by politicians in Washington, D.C. and around the country to determine where to focus outreach efforts; of it being used by the parents and family and friends of trans people to see the strength of our national movement. Perhaps most importantly of all, The Trans 100 is used by countless trans people across the United States and around the globe to find - as 2013 Trans 100 honoree Laverne Cox puts it - “possibility models” for their own future and their own community. It is these possibility models that directly resist the transphobia and violence we see playing out across the United States. Today, in 2015, politicians from Arizona to Florida are advocating for anti-transgender bathroom legislation, the rate of murder of trans women of color is at an all time high, and it is still a notable rarity to see a trans character in fiction written or portrayed by a trans person. Despite these obstacles, the trans people presented on this list are resisting and dismantling transphobia not only through their work but simply by living their authentic lives. We hope that this list of 100 transgender and gender non-conforming folks, all working toward transgender visibility and recognition, is a useful resource to you. With over 400 nominations toward the 2015 list, this project is a reminder of the seed that is planted by The Trans 100 every year. It is a notable reflection of the progress of our community to know that just when critics think we may have run out people to include (and we have to consider renaming ourselves to The Trans 17) that we are no where close to running out of amazing trans people to celebrate and highlight. The Trans 100 is not an award ceremony. It is not a list of the “Best” or the “Most Important” trans people. It is not a popularity contest and there are many individuals absent from the list who are doing excellent work. More are no longer with us. To quote The Trans 100 Co-Founder Jen Richards, The Trans 100 “is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact.” We are thrilled to share with you The 2015 Trans 100 list. Everyone involved in its creation and release celebrates the work of the honorees named within, and looks forward to the work yet to come. Crispin Torres and Rebecca Kling Trans 100 Co-Directors


Maddie’s impact within the Trans community includes working with Freedom Michigan in late 2014 as the Advocacy Organizer for Wayne County to try and pass a LGBT inclusive Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act in her home state of Michigan. Also she was the first Trans Woman to work for the Michigan Democratic Party. There she worked as a Field Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator during the 2014 Election cycle. Maddie continues to help make strides within the Trans community by activity volunteering at Affirmations and being an advocate in her every day life.

Maddie Adams Ben Power Alwin is founder and executive director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, Inc., a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For 37 years, he has been curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives, a 40-year-old national collection of LGBTQ literature, history, and art open to the public and located in his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ben also founded the East Coast FTM Group in 1992, the first-ever support group for trans men in the New England region. Ben facilitated the group, which met for 22 years and held its last meeting in December 2014. Ben was co-founder and lead organizer of the first-ever New England Transgender Pride March, attended by over 1,000 people on June 7, 2008 in Northampton. His trans autobiography published under the name Bet Power, “My

Ben Power Alwin

Wonderful Askewness,” appeared in Crossing Sexual Boundaries: Transgender Journeys, Uncharted Paths, Eds. J. Ari Kane-DeMaios and Vern L. Bullough, Prometheus Books, 2006.

Jae Bates

Jae is an impressive student activist and leader. In 2013-14, Jae was a member of OutFront Minnesota’s Youth Leadership Team. In this role, he led a workshop at OutFront’s Youth Summit, held on March 2, 2014, which was attended by 400 high school students. He spoke at the Youth Rally held that same day in the Rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol. He was a strong advocate for passage of the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, bullying prevention legislation that includes protections for LGBTQ students. He testified before a senate committee about how his life had been impacted by bullying. Currently a freshman in college in Washington, he has remained active. Jae is a bold advocate for the rights of trans students and athletes. His story has been reported in the Star Tribune (Minnesota’s largest daily newspaper), the Washington Post and the UK Guardian.

Oliver Bendorf

Oliver Bendorf is an Iowa-born writer and teaching artist, currently living and working in Wisconsin. He has read poetry and facilitated workshops across the Midwest on creativity, zines, identity, the body, and transforming dysphoria through art.His book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State UP 2015) was selected for the Wick Poetry Prize by Mark Doty, who wrote, “It’s a joy...to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender... Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world.” Oliver’s writing has also appeared in Buzzfeed, Original Plumbing, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and has been recognized with fellowships from University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Lambda Literary Foundation.


After nearly four years as a researcher with the Ironworkers Union’s Organizing Department, Andrea led successful transgender policy advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, including passage of birth certificate and name change reform legislation, and Mayoral policy solidifying transgender peoples’ right to insurance coverage of transition-related care. She also helped engineer a legal victory against a women’s homeless shelter in DC that was denying access to transgender women. She is currently Executive Director of Garden State Equality, where she has strengthened relations with the state civil rights investigation bureau, mentored youth in advocacy campaigns, and kicked off ambitious campaigns to improve LGBT peoples’ access to schools and health services.

Andrea Bowen

Avi Bowie

Avi is a proud, multi-racial, genderqueer, Chi-town native and social worker with over 15 years of experience in social justice and youth advocacy. Avi’s expertise is in the areas of LGBTQ youth services, childhood trauma, and program development and evaluation. Avi began working with LGBTQ youth and families at the NYC LGBT Community Center where they co-founded the Transgender/Gender queer Parents and Prospective Parents Group, and served as a consultant and trainer for the LGBT Foster Care Project which strives to improve the experiences of LGBTQ youth in out of home care. Avi is passionate about supporting LGBTQ youth of color, and LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. This passion was ignited through their time at the Ali Forney Center in New York City where they served as the Associate Director of Overnight Drop-in and Outreach. Avi currently serves as the Director of Youth Programs at Center on Halsted in Chicago.

Myles Brady is a Trans revolutionary social justice warrior. Myles passion for social services comes through wanting to see marginalized populations being empowered so they can reach their full potential. Myles is currently the Transgender Outreach Coordinator at Howard Brown Health Center, he is also a collective member with the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. Myles is also affiliated with Affinity Community Services and Brady Speech Pathology clinic. When Myles isn’t busy working in social services he occupies his time with family, mentoring young people and traveling.

Myles Alexander Brady Meghan is a life-long resident of Northern Indiana and has been active in the transgender community since 2003. She currently resides in South Bend, Indiana and is the Executive Director of the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana. Meghan also serves Out & Equal Workplace Advocates on their Transgender Advisory Committee. Most recently, she has established a new nonprofit organization that is working to bring transgender education and resources to under-served rural populations in the Midwest. The organization is known as Trees, Inc. (Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services) Through her community outreach and service, Meghan has become the go-to resources in the South Bend area and she works tirelessly for the transgender community in her region and throughout the country. One of Meghan’s favorite quotes is “Being T is Being Me”.

Meghan Buell


Lexie Cannes is an activist, actress, writer, and award-winning filmmaker. Lexie’s popular transgender blog, “Lexie Cannes State of Trans,” reached a million views within 3 years. She also writes for The Huffington Post and other publications. Lexie’s primary areas of trans activism include: trans kids, trans violence, civil rights & equality and politics. The transgender feature film “Lexie Cannes” racked up numerous awards and accolades on the festival circuit. The lead character is transgender and the film features trans actors. The film represents trans people factually and positively -- and it’s quite entertaining and is now available for download or purchase. The name “Lexie” was given to her over a decade ago and through the film, blog and her activism, it became the name the community bestowed on her and the one she now most identifies with.

Lexie Cannes

Daniella Carter

Joanna Cifredo

Thomi Clinton

Daniella Carter is a young Phoenix. She has risen out of the ashes and continues to spread light. Miss Carter is an advocate for LGBT youth and has given speeches at local, national and international events, including panel discussions with political leaders and dignitaries. She continues to motivate youth to achieve their goals and develop tools to overcome their adversities. Daniella recently initiated a project to bring visibility to trans youth issues and has collaborated with Miss Universe and others to share their experiences in overcoming homelessness. She is working with her mentor Laverne cox and was featured in the MTV & Logo TV documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word”. In addition, Carter has worked with various celebrities, from Cyndi Lauper to 50 Cent, to raise awareness of LGBTQIA youth homelessness. Her message transcends boundaries of race, nationality and gender, focusing on the intersection of identities.

Joanna Cifredo is a writer and the founder of FireBreathingTGirl.com, the Brand Ambassador to the DC Rape Crisis Center and a fierce advocate for trans issues. Joanna began her career in community service as a youth health educator in Central Florida eventually she transitioned to direct services working for The Health Department where she provided case management services to those living with HIV/ AIDS. After relocating to DC, she continued her service to the community lending her time to Empoderate, a local latin@ LGBTQ community center and providing voice to under-served populations. Joanna serves on the Board of Directors to Whitman Walker Health and is the recipient of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award by National Sexual Violence Resource Center for her work on Trans-Inclusive Healthcare. Joanna in conjunction with DCRCC is launching a city wide conversation called “SIS to Cis” a conversation between cis and transgender women of color.

Thomi Clinton’s core belief is to provide Trans people the tools they need to fulfill their right to: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Behind the scenes, her work has affected millions of lives within this nation. She is a nurturer and mother when it comes to humanitarian needs. She has remained behind the scenes for many years. She has facilitated and reformed conservative arenas, including the Department of Justices’ correctional treatment of Trans to prevent rape and assault. She has facilitated the opening of her counties Trans medical and mental health clinic, improved access to civil protection, gender neutral bathrooms, education, homeless shelters, employment, rehabilitation, Religious inclusion, schools, safe homes for Trans-children and, much more. She has risen close to $10,000 for the first known TDoR Vigil Statue. She continues to create change so Trans-people can have the tools they need to succeed.


Lynn Conway

Lynn Conway is Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, at the University of Michigan. As a young IBM researcher in the 1960s, Lynn made pioneering innovations in computer engineering. Sadly, IBM fired Lynn in 1968 upon learning that she was transgender. A gritty survivor, Lynn completed her transition and restarted her career in “stealth-mode.” Working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center she went on to pioneer new silicon-chip design methods that fueled Silicon Valley’s microelectronics revolution during the 1980s/90s. Lynn has since received many major awards for her research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering. After coming out via the internet in 1999, Lynn went on to evolve her trans-support website, lynnconway.com, into a multilingual beacon of hope and encouragement for transgender women worldwide. She also played a leading role in the public exposure and refutation of the psychiatric establishment’s unscientific pathologization of gender variance.

Yvonne Cook-Riley is truly a pioneer of the Transgender movement. She helped develop the (IFGE) International Foundation for Gender Education. The Outreach Institute recognized Yvonne Cook-Riley’s dedication to the Transgender movement when they award her the Outreach Medal in 1991. The community awarded her with the IFGE Trinity award in 1991, the IFGE Virginia Prince Lifetime Service Award in 1995, and the Virginia Prince Pioneer award 2013. She is a veteran of the Air Force, having served during the Vietnam War, and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Yvonne now is working with the LGBTQ community as Executive Director of the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge and the group Kindred Spirit in Asheville NC.

Yvonne Cook-Riley

James Darling

Jordan Gwendolyn Davis

James Darling is a Bay Area based adult performer, educator, and director from the Dirty South. He is a two-time Transgender Erotica Awards FTM performer of the Year, as well as Feminist Porn Awards Heartthrob of the Year 2012. Most recently he was the second trans man to ever be nominated for 2015 AVN Awards Transsexual Performer of the Year. James opened doors for other FTM performers by working with cis gay studio Alternadudes and was influential in helping Grooby’s Transgender Erotica Awards change their name and include trans men. In 2012 James launched FTMFucker.com, the first all inclusive hardcore site dedicated to diverse trans men’s sexuality. His empowering work has been featured internationally at several film festivals, universities, and conferences such as the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Southern Comfort Convention, and the University of Toronto on topics related to trans issues, sex worker’s rights, and the adult film industry.

Although Jordan Gwendolyn Davis has recently moved to California, she has done a lot of work in her home state of Pennsylvania to advance transgender rights. In 2012, she worked with Philadelphia City Council on a resolution that successfully brought down a discriminatory gender sticker policy on public transit passes and also worked with the late Gloria Casarez on the first ever mayoral proclamation for TDOR, worked on the first Philadelphia City Council resolution for Transgender Awareness Week, and testified in a city council hearing on street harassment. Her crowning achievement was a landmark TLGB omnibus bill she worked with Councilmember Kenney on that passed and was signed in spring 2013. She has also worked over a year with PA state representative Mark Cohen on the first ever trans-specific rights bills in PA history, HB303 (Transgender Students Rights) and HB304 (Transgender Health Benefits Act), this legislation being an act of revolution in a difficult legislature in a purple state. She is now consulting with heath access organizations in including trans health in PA’s Medicaid.


Rashida Davison

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

Rashida Davison is a Black Trans/genderqueer artist and activist hailing from Rocky Mount, NC and currently residing in Columbus OH. While in Columbus, they have been involved in advocacy for Transgender people of color through leadership in SHADES Buckeye Chapter, Equality Ohio, TransOhio and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While in the position of Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at TransOhio, Rashida helped to organize Ohio’s first Transgender Safety Summit, Northeast Ohio Transgender Job Fair and advocated for respectful representation of the Trans community in local media. Rashida is a freelance filmmaker and photographer focusing on uplifting the voices and experiences of Trans and Gender non-conforming people of color. One of their works is the “Not One More” Transgender Awareness Video. They are also currently organizing for the #Cbus2Ferguson solidarity movement drawing attention to police harassment and brutality towards Columbus’ Black and Brown communities.

Mashuq Deen is an award-winning Brooklyn-based artist whose medium is primarily in theater. Committed to social justice, his plays have been developed/produced at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Dixon Place, InterAct Theatre, among others, and include SHUT UP!, TANK & HORSE, DRAW THE CIRCLE, and THE SHAKING EARTH. He is the recipient of the NYFA Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, the James Baldwin Award, an honorable mention for the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize, and has been nominated for the Weissberger Award. As an activist, he is currently a working group member of Sampoorna* (by and for trans* and intersex Indians across the globe), and has worked for SALGA (queer desis in NYC), presenting as invited speaker at both the DesiQ and NQAPIA conferences. His play, DRAW THE CIRCLE, about a conservative Muslim family dealing with a transgender child, has toured the eastern United States.

Dallas Denny is a leader in the transgender rights movement. Her work as a writer, editor, speaker, and community builder have played and continue to play a significant role in the advancement of rights for transsexual and transgendered people in North America and around the world. She is a board member of the nonprofit Transgender Health & Educational Alliance and Real Life Experiences, a member of the planning committee for the transgender event Fantasia Fair, and is a contributor to the recent book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. She makes her work available for free on her website and continues to write and speak on trans issues.

Dallas Denny

Ashley Diamond

Ashley Diamond is a singer and entertainer from Rome, Georgia, who unwittingly became a transgender rights activist following her incarceration in Georgia. After corrections officials terminated her hormone therapy and ignored her pleas for safe housing, Ashley commenced a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s practice of denying transgender inmates gender-related care and turning a blind eye to their sexual victimization. Ashley also made a series of videos, Memoirs of a Chain Gang Sissy (available at http://bit.ly/1FGfJd6), amplifying the voices of LGBTQI inmates and shining a light on the abuse they experience on a daily basis. Although Ashley has been harassed, mistreated, and thrown into solitary confinement for her advocacy, she continues to strive at any cost, drawing courage from LGBTQI activists that have come before her, and the words of Dr. King, that to “accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system.”


Reverend Tammy Jubilant Dutcher, OJCR

Reverend Jubi Dutcher, OJCR is a Trans identified Priest of the Universal Anglican Church, and is the Diocesan Administrator for the Midwest. She co-founded the Ecumenical Order of Jesus Christ Reconciler, resides in the founding house of the order and co-pastors an oratory of the order. She has a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts in Spirituality from Loyola University in Chicago. Mother Jubi also has two years experience studying with a Zen Buddhist master. She is a past president of the Illinois Gender Advocates and hosted their public access TV show on trans issues. She also participated in the Chicago Trans Coalition. She is currently the Trans programming coordinator for Chicago Women’s Health Center, a feminist collective that facilitates the empowerment of women and trans people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford.

Lady Dane “The Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa” is an African, Cuban and Native American performance artist, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters), teacher, blogger (Lady Dane Speaks, Queen Goddesses), a regular contributor to Queer of Gender, cohost of Inside Out Radio Show, advocate, a member of the TWOCC Leadership Team (Trans Women of Color Collective), a volunteer at Casa Ruby, life coach, and a founding member of Force/Collision. She began producing her own cabarets at the age of seventeen. At LaMama in New York in 2012 she originated the role of Madame Cordelia Mcclain in Erik Ehn’s Shape. With Yemaya’s Daughters (2013) she became the first twoc to publish a work of fiction in DC. In 2013 (DC) and 2015 (NYC) she produced a reading of her musical Roaring(book and lyrics) which is about a twoc in the 20s. She is represented by awQward Talent Agency.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Kale Edmiston

Kale Edmiston is a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, where he studies the neuroendocrine system, stress, and social behavior. He has published numerous papers on the neural correlates of anxiety and stress in adolescents. Kale is dedicated to improving health care access for transgender people. As co-director of The Program for LGBTI Health, Kale has shaped healthcare policy, research, and education to improve the lives of transgender people. With the dedicated effort of a team of allies, he founded Trans Buddy, a unique peer advocacy program that pairs trained volunteers with transgender patients. Trans Buddy is designed to reduce delay of care by empowering transgender people to make informed healthcare choices. Additionally, Kale and his partner co-founded Nervous Nelly Records, a record label that promotes punk music made by queer musicians. Anything he has accomplished is made possible by Shannon, his partner.

Lauryn has spent almost 10 years working on trans-issues in the State of Texas and in San Antonio. Currently she serves as Assistant Director of The Thrive Center, the first LGBTQ specific homeless shelter in the South. The shelter opened with services for 14 LGBTQ, including 6 trans-identified, individuals inside the multi-million dollar Haven for Hope Shelter in San Antonio. She transitioned on the job with Ariba, Inc. in 2006, when she came out the company proudly added gender identity to their policies. In 2009 she left her IT consulting position to pursue photography and to spend time advocating and educating for the trans community. She served as President of the San Antonio Gender Association twice, and makes dozens of presentations every year. Lauryn is a mother and grandmother, her spouse, sons and transgender daughter work with her in advocating for equality.

Lauryn Farris


Sam Feder

Dylan Flunker

Theo George

Katrina Goodlett

Sam Feder is a filmmaker exploring interpersonal power dynamics and the politics of media-driven identity. Their directorial debut, “Boy I Am,” is cited as one of the “10-Must See Gender Documentaries.” Sam’s third feature film, “Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger” was voted one of the top ten best LGBT documentaries of 2014. Sam tours internationally hosting screenings, discussions and lectures with their work at film festivals, universities, museums, and libraries. Sam has received national grants, fellowships and residencies from: The Jerome Foundation Grant, the RFA Excellence in Filmmaking Grant, Frameline Completion Fund, Crossroads Foundation, Funding Exchange, Astraea Foundation for Social Justice, Illinois Arts Council Grant,John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Sam was a fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, was granted a Yaddo Artist Residency, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow Residency.

Dylan is honored to be included in the Trans 100. He is passionate about policy, biking, community-based research, parenting, health equity, and books. He is Rainbow Health Initiative’s (RHI) Research and Policy Manager. He works on RHI’s research efforts, including the annual Voices of Health survey of LGBTQ health access and experiences. He also supports the youth and young adults of Shift MN in building healthier LGBTQ communities. Dylan loves that his job is creating new ways to build healthier queer communities. Dylan graduated from Luther College after studying women and gender studies and sociology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dylan blogs about queer parenting at villageq.com. He plays French Horn and in another life would be a music teacher. He also volunteers and supports the work of the Minnesota Trans Health Coalition.

Theo George currently works as the Online Communications Manager for the National Center for Transgender Equality and lives in Washington DC. Theo is a digital strategist, community-based activist, and musician. As a digital strategist, Theo helps a variety of nonprofit organizations, arts festivals, and community-based grassroots organizations connect on a deeper level with their target audiences. Theo’s music career highlights include being a percussionist for the Baltimore Ravens Band and the after-party DJ for 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Kyle Abraham. He is most passionate about promoting and preserving the artistic and cultural legacy of African American communities. Theo hopes to one day open a social justice oriented live music venue in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District. He received a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Goddess Queen sister Katrina Goodlett is a Black Transgender Woman of Color who is also the EP/Host of The Kitty Bella Show on Blog Talk Radio. Katrina a content creator loves asking tough questions, building brands and creating campaigns. Katrina created the empowerment campaign #tgirlsrock in 2013 to raise the visibility and to empower TransFolk thru clothing. Katrina serves on the Leadership Team of The TWOCC. Katrina strongly believes in sisterhood and collective economics. Katrina just recently joined the groundbreaking Queer/Trans persons of color Talent Agency awQward. Katrina born & raised in NYC has a Degree in English & background in broadcast journalism. Katrina has worked in government service for over a decade and is building her brand of empowerment one step at a time. Katrina is currently working on a stage routine which will include satirical comedy that finds irony and nuance in the everyday issues Trans folk face.


Kai M. Green is a writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist, feminist and whatever else it takes to make a new and more just world. Kai is invested in developing models of healthy and loving Black masculinities. As a leader, teacher, and brother he is committed to raising consciousness around self-care, self-love, sexual health, emotional health, sexual and state violence, healthy masculinities, and Black feminism. He believes that writing and story telling are revolutionary acts, especially for those who are often erased by heteronormative and Eurocentric histories. His goal is not simply to be a voice for the people; his goal is to always to be making space and room for others to share their own truths and find their own voices. He is currently a professor and postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies.

Dr. Kai M. Green

Brooke Cerda Guzman

Brooke Cerda Guzmán is a women’s rights activist with a focus on women of Transgender experience. Brooke came to America in 1989, escaping heavy bullying and her extremely Catholic family. But it wasn’t until 2009 that Lorena Borjas invited her to her support group that Brooke was able to find the information & support to get the courage to start her feminization process & present to the world as herself. At the same time, she realized how vulnerable her community, and Transgender women of color, truly are. She decided to dedicate her life to educate & bring awareness to the world as well as advocate for her own community. Since than she has gained great visibility & was awarded with “The Legacy of Pride Award” by Harlem Pride & has co-founded with other community leaders The Trans Women of Color Collective. In 2013 she finished her two year (volunteer) internhip at The Gender identity Project. On April 30th 2014 The Anti Violence Project honoured her.

Gretchen is a senior reporter for Windy City Times and considers herself fortunate to work for genuine role-models in Tracy Baim and Andrew Davis. She feels honored to be able to write about the transgender community; her community. Gretchen once hid from even being called transgender, but now calls that “the greatest mistake of my life. I missed out on years of a community that defines courage, strength, dignity and an uncompromising honesty that you will rarely find because it has often cost us our friends, family, jobs, homes and too often our lives.” That is the world we must change. Our Declaration of Existence must be resonant, unforgettable and from a transgender community completely united, mutually supportive and relentless. Gretchen is proud of the entire trans community.

Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Rhys Harper is a Little Rock-based portrait photographer who created the Transcending Gender Project in January 2014. He has been photographing trans-identified folks all across the US, and is currently working to expand the project. He hopes that this project will reach new people and help them think about and have conversations about gender in our society. Rhys is so grateful for the amazing support he has received for this project, and would like to thank everyone who has so generously contributed, tweeted, shared, and talked about this project, which would not be possible without the incredible support of so many.

Rhys Harper


Imani Keith Henry

Imani Henry is a long-time anti-police brutality, anti-war and anti-death penalty activist in the US. Imani was the first program coordinator of TransJustice, a NYC political group created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. As playwright/performer, Imani toured with his multi-media theatre piece, B4T (before testosterone), across the US and internationally from 2002-2007. He is a journalist for Worker World newspaper, whose writings has appeared in several publications including Does Your Mama Know, Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing, Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, and Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You. Professionally, Imani is an Organizational Development Consultant and Diversity Trainer under the brand OD For the People. In 2013, Imani founded Equality for Flatbush, which fights against police repression and gentrification in Brooklyn, NY. Imani is an organizer within the #BlackLivesMatter movement with the group, The Peoples Power Assembly.

Joe Ippolito

Joe is a Doctor of Psychology, clinician, researcher, writer, educator and filmmaker. Joe transitioned his gender 14-years ago and has been advocating for the trans community ever since. Joe is a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Metropolitan State University, Assessment & Referral Clinician for Allina Health Systems and Founder & Executive Director of Gender Reel, the countries only coastto-coast film & performance art festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of trans people. Joe has chaired positions with such organizations as The Philadelphia Transhealth Conference and The American Psychological Association and co-authored a chapter in the book, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. Currently, Joe is working on his next documentary, writing a book about the socialization experiences of men and founded TAP, Trans Masculine Abuse Project. Joe is the recipient of a Leeway Foundation 2012 Transformation Grant, 2011 Leeway Art & Change Grant and 2002 HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment Award.

Mary Irons

Mary is a board member and facilitator for the Washington Gender Alliance (WGA) which provides peer support for transgender and gender queer persons 16yrs of age and older. Mary is the founder of the Shoreline Washington Gender Alliance (WGA) meeting and received the volunteer of the year award from the North Urban Human Services Alliance for her work. Mary is a single mother of two amazing boys’ ages 10yrs and 7yrs. She is the founder of Transgender Parents of Washington (T-Pow). T-Pow provides a safe place for Trans*parents and their children to meet for support, participate in social activities and work to create positive systemic change in the trans community for parents and their children/youth. Mary has worked as a part of the King Co trans resource guide committee, has been a workshop presenter at Gender Odyssey, and has presented at various trans workshops throughout Western Washington.

Monica James is a 40-something Black transgender woman from the South Side of Chicago whose strong activist voice has been heard around the world. She has survived years of police targeting including, being confined in the maximum security section of Cook County Jail more than 100 times. In 2007, with legal and community support, she fought trumped up charges following a brutal assault by police. In 2014 she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify before the UN to the severe abuses inflicted by cops and courts on trans women of color. She is currently a collective member at the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, and a staff member at Howard Brown Health Center.

Monica James-Lauren


Sandy Evan James

Jennell Jaquays

Samantha Jo-Dato

Sandy James is the Survey Project Manager with the National Center for Transgender Equality and leads the research team for the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey. After spending a decade as a forensic toxicologist, Sandy launched a new career as a civil rights advocate focused on laws and policies that affect trans people. He serves on the Steering Committee of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington, a volunteer-run organization that co-sponsors a free name and gender change clinic in the D.C. area and provides financial assistance to clients. He is also on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center providing culturally competent care to the LGBT community and those living with HIV. Sandy is a multi-instrumentalist musician who has competed as a drummer in the World Pipe Band Championships. Sandy received a J.D. and an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University, where he is also currently pursuing his Ph.D.

Professionally, Jennell Jaquays is a pioneer. Her career as a game developer, artist, and creative leader began in the earliest days of both the traditional table-top role play and video game industries. Jennell’s transgender advocacy has focused on using her high profile professional status to reach outside the transgender community as an ambassador to game players and game makers alike, discussing the intersection of transgender issues and gaming with the advocacy group, PressXY.com. She also mentors former fans and peers as they take first steps navigating through gender transition. She is a trustee on the board of the Transgender Human Rights Institute, the organization that launched two successful petitions for Leelah’s Law in in early 2015. Jennell is a founding partner and Chief Creative Officer for game developer Olde Sküül, in Seattle, Washington and is married to game developer Rebecca Heineman.

What do you get when you mix fierce make-up, stunning style, and a passion for social justice? You get Ms. Samantha Jo! After relocating from Atlantic City, NJ to Philadelphia, PA in 2011, Samantha Jo has quickly become a force to be reckoned with as a dedicated and passionate advocate and activist for trans* issues. A self-determined, affectionate, and loving person with a sassy, fireball personality, Samantha has worked tirelessly in a number of efforts forwarding the Trans* Movement. In 2012 she served as a committee member for the Philadelphia Trans* March, played an integral role in the launch of Mazzoni Center’s Trans Wellness Project, and developed and presented workshops at conferences such as The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. While living a transparent life as a transwoman, she has become a role model, leader, big sister, and support system to many.

Sayer is a parent, partner, artist, social worker, and lifelong activist. He proudly identify as a queer transgender man. Sayer sits on the board of the LGBT Center of St Louis; and is President and Co-founder of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group. Sayer worked with MTUG and The University of Missouri St. Louis, to help create the first conference on transgender issues in the St Louis Metro region. Sayer believes along with positive visibility and support, storytelling is vital to the trans rights movement. He is co-producer and assistant director on the documentary “TransGeek Movie;” and has a screenplay called “Intentional” in pre production. Sayer has also helped to bring the stories of trans people to NPR’s acclaimed “StoryCorps.” He spends as much of his time as he can with his family and working to help create power for transgender people in St. Louis and the metro east regions.

Sayer Andrew Johnson


Monica Jones is an activist for trans rights and sex worker rights. She is a student at Arizona State University school of social work and she travels to educate people on the issues that affect both Trans Women and sex workers. She just travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to speak about trans and sex worker issues.

Monica Jones

NIC Kay

Bryn Kelly

Aydin Kennedy

NIC Kay is an transdisciplinary artist whose work straddles performance, video, installation, collage and printmaking. NIC’s current projects explore movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and identity. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, NIC graduated from Professional Performing Artist School in 2007 and was a Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC Fellow in 2009. NIC was youth member and peer educator at The Hetrick Martin Institute home of the Harvey Milk School for 8 years. Now residing in Chicago, they are a founding member of 3rd Language, queer arts collective. They gave the 2013 Keynote Speech at The Trans, Gender Non Conforming, Intersex, Freedom Picnic and Rally in Chicago, and they have taught for About Face Theatre, Woman Made Gallery, Free Street Theater and Broadway Youth Center. In 2014, they were awarded the Chances Dances - Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant.

Bryn Kelly has shared her written work at NYC-based performance series TRIPS, Low Standards, and Queer Memoir; as a columnist at Showtime Network’s OurChart. com; in Original Plumbing magazine; as a regular contributor to the digital literary magazine PrettyQueer.com; and in the anthology, Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary, edited by Morty Diamond. She has written short fiction for the journal Time is Not A Line: Reflections on HIV/AIDS Now, commissioned by the New Museum, and EOAGH, a Journal of the Arts. She was a cofounder of Theater Transgression, a transgender multimedia performance collective; a co-creator and cast member of the touring roadshow, The Fully Functional Cabaret; and performed in Lisa Auerbach’s public program, Art in the Age of Aquarius, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She studied playwriting at Brooklyn College, was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Aydin Kennedy, MSW, ACSW has been providing mental health counseling for transgender youth, adults, and their families for the last 5 years. He is the co-founder of the Stonewall Alliance Center’s community counseling program in Chico, California. As a queer transman and activist, Aydin is extremely passionate about exploring the intersecting identities and often multiple disparities experienced by the trans community. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is the Coordinator of the Transgender Health Program and Trans* Empower Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center; a no-barrier, informed consent medical and mental health program providing services for transgender adults in the South Los Angeles area. Aydin is a fierce advocate for the trans community, and has been helping audiences around the United States understand the narrative of cisgender privilege and its impact on trans individuals for over 10 years.


Mira is a neuropsychologist and healthcare leader. At Hope Network, a leading social service agency, she directs the Center for Autism, West Michigan’s leading autism evaluation and treatment program. She is active on the local, state, and national levels, including a board advisory role with the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and co-chairing the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee for Transgender People and Gender Diversity. Mira has presented at First Event and Southern Comfort Conference on workplace transition / coming out success, and she is also an active blogger on LGBTQIA+ and feminist issues. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI and is in a committed relationship with a trans man, Teri Jourdan. She came out publicly as trans in July 2014.

Mira Krishnan

Malachi Larrabee-Garza

Jiz Lee

Malachi Larrabee-Garza currently serves as Director of the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) at the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). Malachi leads the CJNY, a network of over 200 organizations across the U.S. working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system and build community alternatives to the juvenile and criminal justice systems. While at the BI Malachi co-founded the Brown Boi Project and works with the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Southerners On New Ground, Transgender & Intersexed Justice Project, Brown Boi Project and BreakOUT! through board appointments and staffing special projects. Malachi currently sits on the youth table of the My Brothers Keeper initiative and is part of a team that received the 2015 VotoLatino Innovators Award. Malachi has previously worked as political education teacher, a community organizer, a youth organizer and is a 2006 Kopkind Fellow.

Jiz Lee entered the world of adult films in 2005, and over the course of a decade slowly built a name in the industry by presenting their genuine pleasure and gender expression on camera. They speak at colleges and universities, lead queer and consent-based sex ed workshops, curated screenings, and work tirelessly behind the scenes at Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv) supporting queer and trans cinema, and emerging filmmakers. Their erotic philanthropic Karma Pervs project benefits sex worker, LGBTQ, and health-focused organizations. Jiz chronicles their adventures in porn on their blog JizLee.com, has contributed to The Feminist Porn Book, Genderqueer, and is currently editing their first book, COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR, with essays on intersectional experiences in pornography. They are the co-editor of the Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour. In their downtime, Jiz is training for an IRONMAN 70.3.

Justin Lemley is an organizer for the National LGBTQ Task Force, helping to train and mobilize trans and queer people. An activist in many LGBTQ campaigns, Justin has worked on issues ranging from trans-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances to paid sick leave for all workers, in places such as Ohio, Utah, Miami, and Chattanooga. In addition to their activism, Justin is an avid trombonist. Originally from New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of the College of New Jersey in Music and Women and Gender Studies. Justin seeks to find ways to infuse and incorporate the community building power of music into their work for LGBTQ liberation.

Justin Lemley


Aryah Lester is the current chair for the state of Florida Health Department’s Transgender Work Group, and member of Trans* Action Florida, an advisory board of Equality Florida. She also founded the organization Trans-Miami, Miami-Dade’s first transgender organization, as well as continued the social news network of her National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). Aryah Lester currently assists the Switchboard of Miami as a nationally certified suicide crisis hotline counselor, and speaks nationally towards transgender equality. In addition, Aryah Lester, in collaboration with Unity Coalition as a board member, has instituted a monthly support group for transgender individuals in Brickell, and offers workshops throughout the year; as well as sits as a member of the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors transgender group.

Aryah Lester Rachel is currently the Acting Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the administration of Governor Tom Wolf. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Her previous posts included: Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Rachel graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and then did a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai from 1987-88. Until her current appointment, she was on the Board of Equality PA and the board of the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats.

Dr. Rachel Levine “Simply put I am a Transgender, Transsexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Curvy, Cross-eyed, Latina and Woman here to change the modern day views of society.”

Jennifer Louise Lopez

Kristen Parker Lovell

For nearly a decade, Kristen Parker Lovell has worked vigorously to carry on Sylvia Rivera’s legacy to support transient young people. A survivor of the streets who was mentored by Sylvia herself, for over eight years Kristen has been a symbol of strength, and resilience in her work at Sylvia’s Place/MCCNY Charities Inc., NYC’s only emergency queer youth shelter. She is currently the Program Coordinator for HIV Testing and Counseling and has been helping relaunch STARR, the radical trans activist group started by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson in 1972. A fierce advocate for trans women, Kristen is also the founder of an empowerment group, Trans in Action, which in 2011 produced a a documentary about trans representation in the media. Kirsten has a passion for history and ensures that the young people of today know it as well. She is also a talented artist and performer who has helped organize


Tommy Luckett

Tommy Luckett, born and raised in Helena, Arkansas is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. Luckett advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS and is well aware of the disparities in healthcare coverage transgender people face at an alarming rate and is working to remedy it. She attended the 53rd annual Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS meeting and participated in a five-speaker panel discussing Medicaid expansion and the private option. Since then, Luckett became the Arkansas State Coordinator for AIDSWatch 2014 in Washington, D.C. Luckett sits on the board of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition and is a Quality of Healthcare Advisor to the Arkansas Department of Health. Luckett’s most recent accomplishment is to be on the board of the US PLHIV Caucus Steering Committee. Luckett continues to promote education and HIV awareness with a global influence.

Mickey Ray Mahoney is an educator, curator, and media maker, based in Chicago. Mahoney’s videos, performances, and photography traverse the abstruse landscape and language of gender both in the body and within and across culture using humor and narrative to disrupt, re-figure, and complicate understandings of gender and sexuality. Mickey is an Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches classes in Queer and Trans Cinema in the departments of Art History and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Mickey is also Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches Queer TV in the Television Department. Mahoney serves on the Advisory Board of the TransLife Center and is a Faculty Advisor for The League of Extraordinary Genders at SAIC. Mickey’s cooking team holds the 2009 championship title for Queer Top Chef Chicago.

Mickey R. Mahoney

Greta Gustava Martela is a trans dyke and a software engineer living in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Martela and her partner, Nina Chaubal, founded Trans Lifeline, a crisis line for transgender people staffed entirely by transgender people. Since its launch in September 2014 Trans Lifeline has grown very quickly. In January of 2015 Trans Lifeline’s ninety operators talked to transgender people in crisis for 513 hours.

Greta Gustava Martela J Mase III is a black/trans/rowdy-as-hell poet & educator that has toured the US, UK & Canada. He’s author of, And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death and founder of awQward, the first talent agency specifically dedicated to uplifting the work of trans & queer folks of color! As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as k-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities among others and is a co-founder of the weekly twitter chat series #qfaith, an interfaith discussion for trans & queer folks of faith. Check out J Mase at www.awQwardtalent.com as well as on Facebook & Twitter.

J Mase III


From the Bronx, NY, now in Connecticut. J.D has been part of the Neutral Zone, FIERCE!, Sylvia’s Place, Public Allies- Americorps, New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, and was a 2012 Soulforce Equality Rider. J.D. is currently employed with a Sexual Assault Crisis Services program in CT where he is the TLGB Advocate. He offers advocacy, support, and counseling to TLGB survivors of sexual violence. J.D. is currently working to get the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities to use the “preferred name” of Trans students in the classroom, and in communications with other students, to create a safer learning environment for their Trans students. If this can happen, 17 colleges in CT will have to change the way they work with their Trans students. He is also working to start a coalition to create services for TLGB folks in CT. He is also a zombie expert.

Maddie J.D. Melendez Adams

Ben Julian Power Melson Alwin

Joselyn Jae Mendoza Bates

Victor OliverJ.Bendorf Mukasa

Julian Melson co-facilitates FTM support groups with TSAZ (Trans* Spectrum of Arizona), volunteers every year for the One-n-Ten youth camp as a counselor, attends the LGBT Consortium meetings, and is a diversity trainer for Stonewall Institute. He does educational presentations for local schools, colleges, universities, foster and adoption agencies, medical offices and other organizations, and participates on transgender speaker panels. Julian is employed at the Mayo Clinic and is the CoChair of the LGBT Mayo employee resource group. He is diligently working with the Mayo on transgender employee and patient education, and advocating for transgender healthcare benefits. Julian’s most recent accomplishment is co-creating a support group for parents of trans youth and giving gender-variant kids a safe place to be themselves. Through his activism Julian has received the Phoenix Pride John Bircumshaw Community Service Award, the Mayo Clinic Diversity and Inclusion Award and Echo Magazine’s 2014 Man of The Year.

Joselyn Mendoza is an undocumented transgender woman from Queens, New York who has organized and lead the largest immigrant youth led movement to fight for trans liberation. She began organizing after feeling like a victim of employment discrimination due to her gender identity. Yet, Joselyn has always been a person that never gives up. She started organizing with Make The Road New York, a local organization from Queens, NY to push for GENDA legislation that would included gender identity and expression employment protections. She has then become a National Leader for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a program of United We Dream where she lead the recent #WeCantWait Campaign that resulted in President Obama acting to protecting nearly 5 Million Undocumented Immigrant Families. She has now began working directly across the nation to organize and advocate for all Transgender and LGBQ immigrants to protect them from inhumane detention and deportation machine.

Victor J. Mukasa, Executive Director at Kuchu Diaspora Alliance-USA, is a human rights defender from Uganda with tremendous contribution to human rights struggles in Africa and globally. He is founding member of several Ugandan and regional human rights groups, including Sexual Minorities Uganda, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, Freedom and Roam Uganda, Trans Support Initiative, Uganda, among others.Victor was the first activist to address the UN about transgender issues in Africa, 2006. He initiated the Nairobi Trans* Declaration 2007, and the first Pan African Transgender meeting, 2008, from which the project Proudly African and Transgender and several transgender organizations in Africa, emerged. Victor has served on boards of several African and international LGBT groups, including Gender DynamiX, Coalition of African Lesbians, International Lesbian and Gay Association and Global Justice Institute and worked at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Political Research Associates.


Michael Munson

Toni Newman

Maxwell Ng

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, a 21 year old organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. FORGE is a national training and technical assistance provider funded through the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Munson’s educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care and non-traditional healing modalities. His work on violence against transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary individuals and loved ones stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their trans clients/constituents.

Toni Newman is the author of memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman. The memoir I Rise was nominated in 2012 in 2 categories for the Lambda Literary Award. I Rise is being sold in 22 countries and 15 different languages. British Director Keith Holland and Writer/Producer Alton Demore has adapted the memoir into feature film Heart of a Woman. Advocate, Huffington Post and Ebony magazine have featured Toni Newman and I Rise. Toni is the Community Editor for Proud to Be Out-The Digital Magazine and blogger for the Huffingtonpost.com featuring the leaders of transgender advocacy groups in the United States. Her day to day position is the Development and Administration Coordinator for the largest healthcare wellness centers in South Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA degree and currently a law school student pursuing a JD degree with a desire to fight for transgender minorities.

Maxwell Ng currently serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. With MTPC he is currently working on legislation to protect trans people in public accommodations. Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), an organization committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for LGBTQ people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston area. Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US. And he is also a founding player and coach of the TrailStormers, the Boston based softball team dedicated to creating a fun and safe space for gender non-conforming and Trans people. Maxwell enjoys good design, playing softball with his teammates, queer geek pop culture, speaking in the third person, and cooking.

Kean O’Brien is the creator and curator of Transient, a Los Angeles-based mobile exhibition of international transgender artists that creates a dialogue around social constructs and trans in(visibility). Now in development on its third iteration, the future goals of Transient are to bring the mobile exhibition to spaces outside of an urban landscape and offer a space for trans artists all over the country to show their artwork. Kean is also an educator and activist who has participated in creating artist-run spaces, fighting the prison industrial complex, as well as training folks about transgender incarceration politics and rights. Kean continues to work on creating space in the art world that is accessible to and supportive of all voices and experiences. In all of his endeavors, Kean is committed to the creation and constant development of high concept, socially-responsible practice and conversation.

Kean O’Brien


Elijah Oberman is the violinist of Brooklyn rock band The Shondes, whose most recent album, The Garden, brought the band to a new level of success including opening for Against Me! and being hailed by Rolling Stone as an album that would kick your ass for giving up on hope and said Oberman “scrapes hornets and angels from his fiddle”. As a core and founding member of The Shondes, he has honed his craft, influenced by punk, Jewish, and Classical music, played songs that are hopeful and life-affirming, and always insisted on using mainstream success to highlight the issues of queer and trans people. He has also been particularly vocal as Jew against the occupation of Palestine.

Elijah Maddie Oberman Adams Marcus Ordane is a 23 year old transman. He is a Graduate Student at the University of Montana working towards a Doctorate. He transitioned when he was 18 years old and has been out to the community since. “I would like to say that I am here because of the love from my family and friends. I would also like to point out that I am here today, loving who I really am due to one person; LC. Thank you for all that you have done and all that we have been through together.”

Marcus Ben Power Alexander Alwin Xavier Ordane Reyna Ortiz is a Proud Trans Latina who has been openly Trans for over 20yrs. “Living my life as a Trans woman growing up in the inner city you come to realize the lack of resources and understand the needs in your community. My passion is to inform all Trans woman about the resources that are available. Connecting with “The Girls” on a deeper personal level understanding the struggles that Trans women go through and finding ways to make our lives and Transition easier. Trans people are here, have been here and will always be here.”

Reyna Jae Bates Ortiz Alexis Paige is a bisexual mixed race Korean trans woman. She has assisted in the planning of Portland’s first official Trans Pride March, planning the Meaningful Care Conference (a national LGBTQ medical conference), and in the promotion of and education about Oregon state’s Medicaid program ending exclusions of transition related transgender healthcare. Currently she works at the Cascade AIDS Project assisting people in applying for healthcare and is a member of the Trans inclusion committee at the Cascade AIDS Project. She also volunteers as a HIV tester and counselor at monthly trans community nights at Pivot in Portland and as an operator for the Trans Lifeline.

Oliver Alexis P. Bendorf Paige


Maddie Ben Panico Adams

Ben Panico works for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus as the David Bohnett Victory Congressional Fellow. He supports the work of the Equality Caucus by tracking legislation, drafting memos and letters, and developing the Caucus’ website and social media platforms. He recently received media attention for being the only openly transgender staffer on Capitol Hill.Panico graduated in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a Bachelor’s in English and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. At JHU, he served as the Director of Operations for the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance, successfully lobbied university administrators for gender-inclusive housing, and spearheaded the development of a Safe Zone training program. He also interned with Equality Maryland where he worked on the state’s successful campaigns for marriage equality and gender-identity non-discrimination protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. A Connecticut native, Panico enjoys playing the guitar, painting, and rock climbing.

Petey Peterson earned their M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Iowa State University in 2012. For two years, Petey served as conference co-chair to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (attracting over 1700 students from 22 states). Petey has been a program coordinator with LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN since July of 2012. Their work focuses on gender & sexuality educational trainings and serving as a resource for navigating campus life and policies for Trans and Genderqueer students, faculty, and staff on campus. They have recently found a network of Trans kinship in the TCircle and hopes to continue their work in disrupting the structure of higher education to create space for Trans folks to exist and thrive. They are also a proud co-furparent with their beautiful partner to 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Ben Petey Power Peterson Alwin Diane is a transgender woman living authentically in Boise Idaho. She is involved in LGBT activism through Idaho state and can proudly say that she has been to jail for justice. She was arrested during peaceful civil disobedience actions in the Idaho Statehouse while seeking to have the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” added to the state Human Rights act. As part of this effort, she and her wife were interviewed for a documentary, named after the movement, titled “Add the Words.” She was also honored to work with the ACLU of Idaho under a Pride Foundation fellowship and helped organize a statewide network of transgender activists. Since transitioning, she has returned to college to earn a master’s in psychology to become a counselor. She wants to help empower LGBT people to heal from the burdens society has put on us.

DianneJae Grace BatesPiggott Chelsea Poe is a writer, porn performer, director and activist from Grand Rapids, Michigan but currently residing in Oakland, California. Her activism centers around improving sex work conditions for trans sex workers. She has openly questioned mainstream porn’s lack of trans inclusion, which ultimately led to her becoming the first trans model in the history of alt porn site God’s Girls. Within mainstream trans porn she has raised the issues of the use of transphobic slurs by non trans run sites which lead to a petition that has received over 1,600 signatures. As a writer she wrote for Xojane, Autostraddle and Fleshbot. Her work has earned her 2 AVN nominations and 8 Trangender Erotica Award Nominations as both a performer & film maker.

Oliver Chelsea Bendorf Poe


Penelope is a proud Southerner working around the issues surrounding homelessness in the LGBTQ community and it’s impact on LGBQ, but especially Transgender individuals, living in the American South. She is the founder and Executive Director, an organization in Arkansas working with homeless LGBTQ young adults in the area. She is in love with the American South and hopes that one day she can help make it a better place LGBTQ folks, so that they can feel comfortable staying. Penelope would like to give a big shout out to the Against Equality (AgainstEquality.org) collective for being a constant source of inspiration and always pushing her to see past the handful of issues that we regularly hear about.

Penelope Poppers Rebeka Refuse is a sex worker by trade. She works as an adult model and escort and was nominated for two Transgender Erotica Awards this year. Rebeka is a formerly homeless trans person, and has been moderating the blog transhousingnetwork.com since December of 2013 in solidarity with the currently homeless. Rebeka is an outspoken advocate for homeless trans persons and vocal critic of capitalism and gender on a variety of media platforms. She hopes to become involved in developing more satisfactory approaches to the unique challenges the trans homeless face in the coming months and years.

Rebeka Refuse

Dr. Sari Reisner, ScD

Dr. Sari Reisner, ScD is a Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and a Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, MA. Trained as a Social Epidemiologist, his research focuses on: (1) health disparities and inequities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) populations, with a focus on local, national, and global transgender and gender nonconforming health; (2) the epidemiology of infectious diseases including HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in marginalized, underserved populations, with specialization in biobehavioral intervention design and development; (3) psychiatric epidemiology concentrating on mental health and substance use/abuse risks and resiliencies in adolescents and young adults. He uses a participatory population perspective to work “with” not “on” communities in conducting research, guided by community-based participatory research principles. Dr. Reisner has published more than 70 articles in LGBT health. Geena Rocero’s life in the public eye began in Manila, Philippines, where she joined the TransWomen Beauty Pageant at the age of fifteen. She quickly became one of the most prominent figures in the Trans Beauty Pageant world. Geena emigrated to San Francisco in 2001, and moved to New York City in 2005 in order to pursue a modeling career. She soon realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community. After she “came out” to the entire world in her viral 2014 TED Talk, she founded Gender Proud, a non-profit dedicated to elevating transgender visibility. Gender Proud is currently advocating for more progressive gender marker policy around the world. Geena currently tours the country as a speaker, focusing on the urgent need for transgender equality.

Geena Rocero


Rev. Megan Rohrer

The Rev. Megan Rohrer was the first openly transgender pastor in the Lutheran Church and has worked for over 12 years serving and advocating for LGBTQ homeless individuals. The pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Executive Director of Welcome - a communal response to poverty in San Francisco, CA, Pastor Rohrer was a 2014 honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, received an Honorary Doctorate from Palo Alto University, Distiguished Alum award from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in transgender nonfiction and is an award-winning oral historian and filmmaker. Letters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Restrospect, co-edited with Zander Keig, is now in it’s fourth printing and their illustrated documentary Zanderology about Keig’s transitional wisdom is currently being screened at festivals.

Avi Rudnick, Esq. is a volunteer attorney and coordinator of the monthly Name Change Mobilization at the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP), which provides free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic legal services to low income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system in Illinois. TJLP provides legal services with a commitment to three core values: the right to gender self-determination, vision towards a long-term goal of prison abolition, and dedication to resisting state sponsored systems of control through transformative justice and community empowerment models. Prior to joining TJLP Avi was a public defender in Portland, Oregon. Avi currently works as the Housing First Program Manager at Chicago House and Social Service Agency. Avi is also the drummer for the Chicago-based queer punk band, Slop Sink.

Avi Rudnick, Esq. Jayden H.C. Sampson is an African-American trans man who has been serving the Transgender community for over 12 years. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, (A.B. 1989), he is a life long learner who has parlayed that love of learning into skills of service as an attorney, educator, financial advisor, and mentor. Jayden has been a committee planner for the Mazzoni Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) since 2002. He also serves on the Philadelphia Alumni Board of the University of Chicago and has been the Career Day event planner for the last 3 years. He is also a current board member of Gender Reel which is non profit organization committed to providing an art space that is inclusive of people from all background and experiences but with a specific focus on Trans Gender film and art. Past board participation: Mazzoni Center and The Attic Youth Center.

Jayden HC Sampson First volunteering as a photo curator for Genderfork.com, Greyson Simon has been creating opportunities for transgender body positive expression online since 2009. Founder and curator of TransQueersXXX, a self-submission adult site on Tumblr for transgender persons promoting sex and body positive imagery in the community since 2011, he also volunteers as an Administrator for the Facebook Transgender Alliance, the largest transgender community on Facebook. Greyson lives in Seattle with his partner, Northwest transgender artist and Northwest LeatherSIR 2013 Quinn Sowers, where he is active in the local Leather and pup communities. When not volunteering, he makes artisan beeswax candles for a living and spends his free time writing, playing tabletop games, building his vinyl collection, and spoiling his enormous cat, Aleister.

Greyson Simon


Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis

Grace Sterling Stowell

Turner Stulting

De Sube

Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis is an athlete, activist, writer, and scientist who focuses on building community and creating inclusive, affirming environments. Josie holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and is a conservation biologist at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. In addition to their nerdy ecological research, Josie advocates for and speaks about queer and trans inclusion in the sciences. Josie founded the Trans, Gender-Non-Conforming, and Intersex Athlete Network, an organization aimed at connecting TGI athletes and promoting transand queer-inclusion in sports. They also speak and write about the importance of self-identity for trans athletes and consult organizations crafting gender policies. A former wrestler and football player, Josie currently plays competitive roller derby. They skate for the Windy City Rollers and Team Illinois and have competed at national and international championship tournaments. Despite her love of contact sports, Josie very much enjoys hugs.

Grace Sterling Stowell has worked for social justice for over 40 years. Grace’s personal experiences of harassment and discrimination served as a catalyst for her youth activism in the 1970’s. In 1980, Grace joined the founders of the newly formed Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY) as their first (and only) executive director. In the 1990’s, Grace was a leader in the pioneering national movement to expand community organizing, advocacy, and support for the LGBTQ youth and transgender communities. Grace was a founding member of several local and national LGBTQ youth and transgender advocacy organizations,. She is a long-time Steering Committee member of the MA Transgender Political Coalition and has worked with many other local, state, and national organizations. While she has served many roles in her community work over the past four decades, she remains especially honored to be known as “Mother” (and now “Grandmother!”) by three generations of LGBTQ youth. Turner Stulting is a trans and queer student activist who is passionate about justice for trans youth. Turner is a junior at Bucknell University in rural Pennsylvania where ze is majoring in women’s and gender studies with minors in public policy and social justice. On campus, Turner is the President of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and the Assistant Director of Common Ground, a student-led diversity immersion retreat. Ze has worked in various capacities with the Pennsylvania Student Equality including the State Operations Co-Chair for the 2014 Youth Action Conference: Igniting a Pennsylvania Youth Movement for Trans Justice and Freedom and the Convener of the Coordinating Committee. PSEC awarded Turner with the 2015 Mara Keisling Leadership Award. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Turner interned with the Triangle Project, an LGBT rights organization, assisting with the monitoring of hate crimes that LGBT people experience in the Western Cape.

De graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1973. She worked in the retail industry for JCPenney, and Proffitt-Parisian for 30 years in various management positions including store management; merchandise management; human resources; and marketing. Wanting to settle down in Hampton Roads Virginia and transition, She formed De Sube Business Consulting, focusing on retail sales, human resources, and marketing. In May 2006, She created and became the facilitator of New Life Transgender Outreach, NLTO, a transgender support group which later evolved into The Gender Expression Movement of Hampton Roads. In 2011, she opened the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads where she still works as an advocate and an activist for the trans* community. In 2011, she was given the Old Dominion University Diversity Award. In 2014, she was given the Virginia Beach, Virginia Human Rights Commission’s community service award.


Emma Violet Todd is an advocate for direct support and legal protections for the trans community. As Deputy Executive Director of the Trans Lifeline, a hotline run by trans people for trans people in crisis. She has helped the organization to have the capacity to support thousands of trans people in crisis. Her experiences of discrimination in school, discrimination in healthcare, and depression have led her to center her activism on protecting trans youth and the most marginalized segments of the trans community. At the Lifeline her focus includes developing better outreach and resources for trans people in rural communities and trans people of color. Emma has also volunteered with organizations such as GLSEN, Equality Illinois, Oklahomans for Equality, and Pride at the University of Tulsa to advocate for support, equality, and liberation of the LGBT community.

Emma Violet Todd

Crispin Torres

Jos Truitt

Crispin Torres is an artist, rock musician, activist & educator born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Chicago. At the age of 15 he discovered his passion for writing and playing punk music as a means of anti-war and feminist activism. In 2013, Torres performed at The South by Southwest music festival & LGBT music showcase, Gay By Gay Gay in Austin, Texas with The now defunct indie rock quartet, The Recruitment. Torres most recently performed in Chicago’s premier gay and punk Alanis Morissette cover band, You Fucking Oughtta Know. Torres has been a relentless advocate for TGNC musicians in the Chicago independent rock scene. With projects like Queer Amp, Glitter Creeps, and Chicago Girls Rock! Camp, Torres has supported inclusion, visibility, & affirmation for the growing voice of transgender rock musicians in Chicago. In addition to his music, he currently serves as Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Community Educator.

Jos Truitt is the Executive Director of Feministing, where her work is focused on uplifting the voices of young feminists from marginalized groups and getting them paid. She writes and speaks about topics including transgender media coverage, grassroots organizing, and pop culture. She has been published at The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Jos was politicized in high school when she led a walk out against the Iraq war. She organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference while she was a student at Hampshire College; has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline; was a Field Organizer at Choice USA; and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her “spare time” she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Alok is a trans South Asian writer, performance artist, and community organizer based in New York City. For the past six years they have organized in solidarity with racial, economic, and gender justice movements across the world. Alok currently serves on staff of the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for and by queer and trans people of color. They also are on tour with DarkMatter, an activist poetry collaboration.

Alok Vaid-Menon


Jay Very

Jay Very holds a Bachelors in Fine Art, Masters in Art Therapy and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. Jay is Co-Founder and Director of Tongue in Chic Gallery, a fiscally sponsored project that empowers transgender artistic entrepreneurs. It’s Jay’s dream to work full-time funding the creative endeavors of the very brilliant and talented transgender community. As an artist, Jay uses film, self-portraiture, sculpture, installation, performance and musical composition to reflect on societal constructs around gender, kink and sexuality. Jay composed and recently produced, WildcardxFaust the rock opera, with the help of Apaulo Hart, Fabienne Delacroix and over 20 queer-identified cast and crew. His story, Wildcard, is an uplifting narrative whose hero features a transmasculine sex worker. His intent on producing Wildcard was to instill a sense of solidarity and hopefulness in an audience that desires anti-racist, sex-positive entertainment produced by and for the diverse transgender community.

Victoria is a transwoman from Hermosillo, Mexico, raised in Phoenix, Arizona since the age of 3. In 2010, after her father’s deportation, she returned to Mexico with her mother, determined to keep their family together. As she readjusted to life in Hermosillo, Victoria began to realize that she would not be able to live an authentic life in Mexico. Determined, she presented herself at the US border to request asylum. She was detained and held in all-male ICE detention centers for 3 1/2 months, during which time she organized other trans and queer migrants in a hunger strike to protest the abysmal conditions in detention. Since her release, she has worked tirelessly towards the liberation of all trans and queer migrants from the detention and deportation system. She is the founder of Transcend Arizona, an organization working to dismantle the systems that oppress trans and queer communities.

Victoria Villalba LaSaia is a 27 year old Trans woman of color who graduated from middle Tennessee State University with a BBA bachelors in business administration. She has worked for many different organizations such as the TPOCC and many more. She is now Executive Director of the TNTJ Tennessee Trans Journey Project where she deals with economic justice, creates jobs, and uses funding to open doors for all Trans folk in the state of Tennessee.

LaSaia Wade

Bonn Wade

Bonn Wade, LCSW has 19 years’ experience designing, directing, and providing services within housing and supportive service programs for LGBTQA youth using trauma informed frameworks. From Miami to Chicago, they have worked with dynamic young folks and allies to create thoughtful space where community members can heal. In addition, Bonn is the co-founder and former associate director of UCAN’s LGBTQ Host Home Program, an appointee on Cyndi Lauper’s Forty To None Project advisory board, and a current board member at the LYTE Collective and TaskForce Prevention and Community Services. Day to day, they work with youth and adult allies to provide consultation at the local and national around LGBTQ youth issues, trauma informed care, positive youth development, youth / adult partnerships, housing models and hold the vision that every youth deserves a safe home with caring allies and family.


Melvin Whitehead is a black, same-gender loving, transgender librarian and educator who strongly believes in the power of education through storytelling to end stigma and violence against marginalized groups. He has been a speaker and panelist on topics such as race, gender identity, and diversity. In addition to fulfilling his duties as a librarian at Joliet Junior College, Melvin works to improve the campus climate for all students through his work in developing the college’s Safe Zone Ally program and Safe Zone Speakers Bureau, advocating for LGBTQ-affirming initiatives, and facilitating workshops on gender identity and sexuality. Beyond the campus walls, Melvin engages with his community through running a support group for transgender and gender non-conforming people in Joliet, Illinois and working to make his church more open and affirming for LGBTQ people.

Melvin Whitehead

Willy Wilkinson

Dawn Josephine Wilson

Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer and public health consultant who has been advocating for marginalized populations since the early days of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. A dynamic and engaging speaker who is recognized widely for his expertise in transgender issues, he has trained and provided consultation services for hundreds of community health organizations, businesses, and educational institutions on how to provide equal access for LGBT populations. He founded the first support groups for transmasculine people of color, started the first HIV prevention program for trans men who have sex with other men, and launched the first trans health care access project in the nation at Transgender Law Center. Willy is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award. His memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency is forthcoming. Learn more at www.willywilkinson. com.

Dawn Josephine Wilson has been working for transgender civil rights in business, education, and TBLG communities for 20 years. After working on Capitol Hill, and following her transition, Dawn brought her skills to the first Transgender Lobby Days event in 1995, helping train transgender people how to effectively lobby Congress. In 1998, Dawn joined the Louisville Fairness Campaign, working to educate the GLB community, as well as public office holders, on transgender issues. In 2000, Dawn was awarded the IFGE Trinity Award. In 2004, Dawn joined the board of the Council for Fairness and Individual Rights (C-FAIR), the Fairness Campaign’s PAC, and remains a member of the C-FAIR board today. Dawn currently serves as a Commissioner on the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, as the Commission’s Education Chair, and as member and trustee of Edenside Christian Church in Louisville, KY.

Hina Wong-Kalu is a highly respected teacher, cultural practitioner and community leader who has brought national attention to the Native Hawaiian embrace of mahu – those who embody both male and female spirit. She was a founder of the Kulia Na Mamo transgender health project, cultural director of a Hawaiian public charter school, and candidate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, one of the first transgender candidates for statewide political office in the United States. The award-winning PBS documentary KUMU HINA traces Hina’s evolution from a timid high school boy to a married woman and kumu (teacher) who uses traditional culture to empower a young girl to lead the school’s all-male hula troupe. A children’s version of the film is being used to raise awareness of gender diversity in schools across the country, and to focus attention on the true meaning of aloha – love, honor and respect for all.

Hina Wong-Kalu


Kylie Wu is the creator of Trans Girl Next Door, a weekly autobiographical web comic series about her life as a transgender woman and a professional napper. Since the day she was born, Kylie always knew she was a watermelon enthusiast, but she didn’t realize she was a lady until the year Justin Bieber turned 19. Having personally visited the public restrooms in China, Mexico, Washington DC, Chicago... she decided Los Angeles has the best ones, and that’s why she is currently residing there. Kylie enjoys surfing in the afternoon and chopping wood at night in her bikini (usually in a stranger’s backyard).

Kylie Wu

Evan Young

LaLa Zannell In Memorium

Leslie Feinberg

Evan Young is a retired Army major, the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), board president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), and is a member of the veteran’s committee in SPART*A, a LGBTQ service members organization. Daily he works with transgender veterans, advocating for their rights through direct ongoing contact with Veterans Administration directors responsible for resolving discrimination and providing proper treatment. As a leader with ArTEC, Evan advocates publicly that no one should have to leave Arkansas to be who they are. ArTEC has built a medical resource clearinghouse and conducted a series of town halls throughout Arkansas. Currently, the organization is leading the effort to bring the first ever legal name and gender change clinic to the state of Arkansas. Transgender service members fight every day for America’s right to freedom. It’s time they serve without fear, fighting for country and not career.

As the Community Organizer at the New York City Anti-Violence project (AVP), LaLa is the face of AVP’s public community organizing work, doing advocacy, outreach and networking on behalf of LGBTQ New Yorkers who have experienced violence. LaLa also plays a key role in AVP’s Rapid Incident Response team, which responds whenever incidents of hate violence, sexual violence or intimate partner violence impacting LGBTQ and HIV-affected New Yorkers become public. LaLa is a gifted public speaker and speechwriter who speaks out on issues related to anti-LGBTQ violence, and especially the disproportionate violence that transgender women of color face. Additionally, LaLa is a mentor for the Trans Mentorship Program at the Ali Forney Center, coalition member of Communities United for Police Reform and a member of the National Coalition of Anti violence Program (NCAVP) Movement Building Committee. LaLa believes “We must all be accountable to each other.”

Feinberg was an author, activist, queer radical, and pioneer whose life works challenged the very foundation of the gender binary and gave voice to the Transgender experience in The United States. Excerpt from Feinberg’s obituary, written by surviving partner, Minnie Bruce Pratt: “Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and her work impacted popular culture, academic research, and political organizing. Her historical and theoretical writing has been widely anthologized and taught in the U.S. and international academic circles. Her impact on mass culture was primarily through her 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, widely considered in and outside the U.S. as a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender.”


2015

Trans 100 2015  

The Trans 100 aims to provide an overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across t...

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