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Eb. has been an educator, trainer and workshop facilitator for 13 years. Eb. has worked with educators, therapists, social workers and movement leaders on moving from gender inclusion to liberatory frameworks in non-profits, as faculty with Northern California Kaiser Permanente, keynote presenter for Bay Area Association of Black Social Workers, and a facilitator the #SayHerName/#BlackTransLives Matter Network Gathering at AMC 2016. Eb.’s commitment to the social justice movement lead them to start C.A.R.E. Strategies as solution to equip social justice leaders, artists, and healers to increase their impact. Through this work Eb. has produced and facilitated multiple events (including the The Time is Now: LGBTQIA Youth Summit, Oakland Breaking the Silence Town Hall and EveryBlackGirl, Inc. ‘s The State of Black Girls), and hosted numerous grassroots organizing spaces (e.g. Black Folks Dinner). You can learn more about Eb.’s work are: www.carestrategies.wordpress.com.
Mordechai Levovitz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of JQY (Jewish Queer Youth), a NY-based nonprofit supporting LGBTQ Jewish teens and young adults from Orthodox, Hassidic, and Sephardi communities. He spearheaded the JQY Teen Drop-In Center, The first Orthodox Mental Health Conference on Sexuality, and the Yeshiva University Gay Panel. His advocacy work includes successfully overturning the New York 'Celebrate Israel Day' Parade's 20 year policy of excluding openly LGBTQ organizations, and shutting down harmful gay conversion therapy initiatives that target minors. Mordechai runs a private social work practice for Transgender Care in midtown, and served as the LGBT Consultant for the United Nations NGO Committee for Human Rights.
Mason Dunn is the executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and co-chair of the Freedom Massachusetts campaign. An educator and activist, Mason has been working around the country for 12 years on trans rights and advocacy. Mason is also an adjunct faculty member at UNH Manchester, teaching on LGBTQ media and perspectives, and serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Prior to joining MTPC, Mason worked in New Hampshire on trans rights and education. In 2010, he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and the UNH Public Interest Law Fellowship for his work on trans policy and advocacy in New Hampshire. Mason is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and a 2012 graduate of the Daniel Webster Honors Scholars Program at the University of New Hampshire, School of Law. In his free time, Mason enjoys spending time with his partner, Lauren, backpacking, kayaking, and pursuing his more geeky interests.
Crystal M. Richardson is an attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina. She leads Campaign for Southern Equality’s Rapid Response Initiative addressing the first 100 days of the new administration. Additionally, she works with the LGBTQ Rights Toolkit and Legal Equality Project. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Crystal graduated with a dual major in French and Political Science. From there, she continued her studies at the Charlotte School of Law. Crystal is a guardian ad litem and enjoys volunteering for a number of LGBTQ and civil rights organizations in the South. Crystal brings experience in political organizing and campaign strategizing to her work at CSE.
Crystal lives with her partner, Miranda McDowell and their fur babies (dogs) in Charlotte, North Carolina, but travels across the South to provide training and education on LGBTQ issues and on advocating against ongoing efforts to enact anti-LGBTQ legislation.
As Director of HRC Global at the Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization in the U.S., Ty Cobb works to advance equality for LGBTQ people around the world. He leads a team of 7 advocates and experts who implement programs that focus on advocacy, corporate engagement, international partnerships, civil society leadership development, and research.
Previously, Ty served as Senior Legislative Counsel at HRC, where he focused on advocacy related to a portfolio of federal issues, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and passage of a LGBTQ-inclusive Violence Against Women Act. He joined HRC after serving as counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate, where he worked toward passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.
Ty began his professional career as an associate attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas and then Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C.
Ruth Marimo is a 35 year old single mother of two who lives in Papillion, Nebraska. She has authored two books, a memoir titled Outsider: Crossing Borders, Breaking Rules, Gaining Pride, which chronicles her immigration journey from her country of origin, Zimbabwe, as well as the complexities of being a multiple minority; and a work of fiction titled Indelicate Things. Marimo was a TEDX Omaha speaker for 2015 and owns a residential and commercial cleaning business. Being a voice for the marginalized is something Marimo is deeply passionate about, and she speaks and fights for many causes including racial equality, immigration reform and LGBTQ equality. She is especially interested in working to change the mindsets of vulnerable populations through education on issues such as: the disproportionate impact of the HIV epidemic on African Americans, the importance of comprehensive sex education in schools, and the importance of early reading among children of minorities and immigrants. Through her worldly experiences, Marimo seeks to impart some of the knowledge she has gained with her peers in Africa, using the values she learned there to give people in the United States a different perspective. Ruth also enjoys the challenges that come with being a small business owner and being able to give other people an income while providing an essential service. Her number one job is raising her two children, age 10 and 12, who excel in both sports and academics.
Julián Cancino is a California-based program manager, community organizer, and public speaker whose work focuses on racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and innovation. As the TIDE Project Manager at the Transgender Law Center, Julián helps ensure that transgender people in immigration detention have access to quality legal information and representation. During his free time, Julián volunteers as a Steering Committee Member at Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement and curates art exhibitions featuring Black, Latino, and Asian artists.
Originally trained as an economist and holding an MSc in Development Management, he reached high management levels in public service since very early in his career. In 2006 political events led him to change my career path towards an electoral project. He was one of the founders of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) and got elected as one of the Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly Representatives for the 2009–2012 where his major commitment was the Human Rights agenda to which he devoted most of his legislative work. Amongst others, he introduced, pushed and sponsored the Marriage Equality amendment that made Mexico City the first Latin–American jurisdiction in approving such a reform; the Anti–Discrimination Bill that today is an enforced Law in Mexico City, the Bill for the Human Rights Program, also currently enforced. He is currently a Ford Foundation Mason Fellow of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Adrian Acencion is a Latinx disabled transgender cultural worker based in California. A musician, organizer, educator, and leader- Adrian combines art, spirit, community organizing, and political fury to rage against systems of oppression. They hold a B.A. in Religion from Vanguard University. Adrian began community organizing in 2004 and continues to resist oppressive structures, educate policymakers, and usher healing spaces in queer fashion.
Todd Richardson was raised in a traditional Mormon home. Growing up, Todd realized he was attracted to men but was convinced that when he found “the right girl,” the “problem” would go away.
After serving a Mormon mission and graduating from Brigham Young University, Todd moved to New York City for a career in education. He busied himself with as much church service and work as possible, so as not to have to worry about his sexuality. However, randomly hearing the story of a gay Mormon touched him deeply. It prompted him, for the first time in his life, to seek divine guidance with an open heart and mind. Self-acceptance came as he felt the undeniable peace of God’s acceptance.
From that peace came the desire to help LGBTQ Mormons. In 2011 he joined Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends. The organization seeks to provide resources and fellowship to LGBTQ Mormons and loved ones, while promoting spirituality and seeking dialogue with the Mormon Church. The organization has experienced exponential growth in the past 5 years, despite the Church's stance on homosexuality. Todd has volunteered on Affirmation's leadership team in various capacities including outreach director, senior vice president, and is now a member of Affirmation's board of directors.
Todd currently lives in Harlem were he is the principal of a middle school.
Imam Daayiee Abdullah is a prominent human and sexuality rights activist within Muslim and interfaith contexts, and is the only openly gay Imam in the United States of America. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan in an educated community with parents that were community activists. Daayiee began his own activism within the gay community while he was living in San Francisco, and continued throughout his time in Washington and past his graduation form Georgetown University, in 1997, he traveled to Saudi Arabia to teach for the Royal Saudi Airforce. While there, he researched a homosexual positive interpretation of the Quran. In that work he argues that homosexuality is not an issue in Islam because his comparison of various interpretations of the Quran reveals that interpreters made generalizations and misrepresentations of the original Arabic. Daayiee became an authority on homosexuality and Islam and traveled widely lecturing that the Quran does not speak against homosexuality. He frequently lectures internationally on progressive Muslim concepts, interfaith networking and the development of inclusive revisions of Islamic theological thought and interpretations of the shari’ah and fiqh. In addition to this work, he has served as moderator for the Muslim Gay Men Discussion group for over 10 years. Currently, he is active with the Muslims for Progressive Values organization as an advisory board member and D.C. co-chapter leader. He is the Imam and Educational Director of Masjid el-Tawhid An-Nur Al-Isslaah (Mosque for Enlightenment and Reformation) that is affiliated with the el-Tawhid Prayer Circle of Toronto, Ontario in Canada, and the California based organization Muslims for Progressive Values
Michael Bronski is Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. He has been involved with LGBT politics since 1969 as an activist, organizer, writer, publisher, editor, and independent scholar. He has written extensively on culture, politics, film, theater, books, sexuality, LGBT culture, and current events and has been awarded the 1995 AIDS Action Committee Community Recognition Award for 20 years of journalism on gay and AIDS-related topics; the 1996 Cambridge Lavender Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award for journalism and political organizing; the 1999 The Martin Duberman Fellowship for scholarly research in LGBT studies, awarded by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; the 1999 Stonewall Award, in recognition for "helping improve the lives and LGBT people in the United States. His recent book, You Can Tell Just by Looking and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People (2013) (co-authored with Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best Non-Fiction. Bronski currently edits the Queer Action/ Queer Ideas series for Bacon Press.
Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and is currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab, and creator of the MIT Co-Design Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, media justice, and community-led design. Sasha’s book Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (alliedmedia.org), and a worker/owner at Research Action Design (RAD.cat), a worker-owned cooperative that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.
Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C. is available for pre-order now. She has also published in journals such as Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, and Signs. She is the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017). She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled, Hear Our Screams: Black Women, State Violence, and Resistance. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Committee. She is a guest contributor to traditional and digital forums such as Al Jazeera, BET, Complex Magazine, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost Live, The Left of Black Web Series, and The Marc Steiner Show.
Hiram Rios Hernandez is a proud native of Puerto Rico, and a second-year Master's in Public Policy Candidate in the IGA concentration. Prior to HKS, he studied International Studies, Economics, and Mandarin Chinese at the University of South Florida. His experience with the U.S. Department of State includes working at the China Desk in Washington, D.C. and the American Institute in Taiwan, located in Taipei.
He is a violinist and performed with the 2008 Beijing Olympics Orchestra. He is also a Latin dance aficionado, and enjoys dancing Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata in his spare time.
Nakisha M. Lewis is the Senior Strategist for Safety at the Ms. Foundation for Women where she overseas program design and grantmaking for the Safety portfolio. She is a thought leader in the field of philanthropy and specializes in developing grantmaking strategies that address racial, gender and educational inequities. Nakisha has worked extensively with individual donors and foundations to foster grantmaking that seeks to support, empower and strengthen marginalized communities – including her most recent work as co-creator of the Philanthropic Action for Racial Justice – an effort to organize Black philanthropic practitioners around a shared vision for racial justice and investment in Black communities that centers the needs and experiences of Black women, youth and LGBTQ people
Takano was born in 1960 in Riverside, California. His family was relocated and interned from California to a "War Relocation Camp" during World War II. He attended La Sierra High School of the Alvord Unified School District, where he graduated as class valedictorian. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government in 1983. He later graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside in 2010. Takano successfully ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives during the 1992 elections in the California's 43rd congressional district and now represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris. He serves as the Acting Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Takano worked on several measures that provided employees in his district with domestic partner benefits, and became the first openly gay person of color in the House.
Mara Keisling is the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. Since founding NCTE in 2003, Mara has led organizational and coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality, including the inclusion of gender identity in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the first-ever Congressional hearing on transgender issues, and countless federal administrative and state-level wins. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara is regularly quoted in national and local print media and has appeared on major television networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She was part of the first all-transgender television interview on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show in 2012. A proud Pennsylvania native, Mara holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and did her graduate work in American Government at Harvard University. Prior to founding NCTE, Mara worked for 25 years in social marketing and opinion research.
J. Bob Alotta is the Executive Director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders. Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, a longtime Astraea grantee partner, helping to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color. On behalf of the FIERCE Board of Directors, Bob was awarded the Stonewall Foundation's 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership. Bob also served for six years as grant reviewer for Open Society Foundations' Community Fellowship Program, and has consulted for Swarthmore College, Williams College, WITNESS, and the Prison Moratorium Project. Prior to joining Astraea, Bob served as Director of Digital Media and Content for Zeitbyte Digital Media and as Director of Digital Technology for Film at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Bob's documentary and narrative films have aired on Democracy Now, GRITtv, and PBS, and have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
Drew came out as gay at age 14 in Omaha, Nebraska, and was the first openly gay student in his high school’s history. Since then he has dedicated his time to pursuing a career in LGBTQ activism, continuing with his role as the Head Chair of the Queer Alliance and the Conference Chair for IvyQ 2012 while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Brown University, which brought over 400 LGBTQ college students from across the country to the Brown campus. After graduation, Drew went back home to continue his work with the Queer Nebraska Youth Network, an organization he started at 19 to try to recreate at home the aspects of community he had experiences during college. His efforts on the ground led him to become the first-ever Nebraska Field Organizer for the Human Rights Campaign. Drew has also worked outside the United States, most notably in Spain through his work with the LGBTI Program of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the National LGBT Federation (Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gais, Transexuales, y Bisexuales). He is currently pursuing a dual MPP and JD form the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School respectively. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heartland Pride Game-Changer Award.
Fresco Steez is a community organizer, educator, and aesthetic designer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is honored to be an organizer with Black Youth Project 100.
She has fought for freedom with young Black people for over a decade. Fresco organizes for liberation through a Black Queer feminist lens and is committed to dismantling anti-Blackness through a systemic approach to the issues that impact Black communities. She's worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. She deeply believes in building an alternative practice to the carceral state with tools like restorative and transformative justice, and she's lead multiple campaigns around dismantling the school to prison pipeline to reimagine the education system for young Black people.
Ben Needham is the Director of Project One America, HRC’s comprehensive, multi-year effort to expand LGBTQ equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Ben manages in-state staff and coordinates with HRC’s senior leadership in Washington, D.C. to make progress on three fronts—changing hearts and minds, advancing enduring legal protections, and building more inclusive institutions for LGBTQ southerners from the church pew to the workplace.
Ben oversees grassroots and grasstops campaigns on behalf of HRC in these three states, and leads and implements political strategy and public education campaigns to bring about a new era of inclusiveness and equality for LGBTQ people in the South. Ben is a veteran political strategist with an extensive background in campaigns, issue advocacy, and providing strategy for political parties, progressive organizations, and candidates. He worked as Southern and Western Political Manager for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and on several issue advocacy campaigns such as Houston Votes, Missouri Cures and the National Partnership for Women and Families. His experience with political organizations includes working with Obama for America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and with several political candidates such as Travis Childer in Mississippi and Russ Carnahan in Missouri. Ben grew up in Laurel, MS, and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University.
Charles Griggs’s interfaith involvement started as a child when he was exposed to numerous faiths through his father’s chaplaincy in the U.S. Navy. He continued to be involved with different faith communities and his campus interfaith center as he earned his B.A. in History from the University of North Florida. After serving as an AmeriCorps member and also presenting on Buddhist Soteriology at Mt. Emei’s Dafo Chansi Buddhist Monastery, he was accepted to Harvard Divinity School as a Master of Divinity student. He continues to act in the capacity of pastoral professional in his internship at Boston Healing Landscape Project at Boston Medical Center, as well as through the Nature Spirituality, or Neo-Pagan, movement. He currently wishes to explore ordination through Circle Sanctuary, a national Neo-Pagan community based out of Illinois, while prospectively finishing his Master of Divinity program in 2018.
Kip Williams is a community activist from East Tennessee. In his 20s, he moved to San Francisco and focused his early career on national progressive movement building and infrastructure. When California’s Prop 8 passed in 2008, he shifted his attention to coordinating civil disobedience at the local, state, and national levels to achieve full federal LGBTQ equality. As a co-founder and core organizer of SF direct action group One Struggle, One Fight, he helped 212 people get arrested peacefully on the day the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8. Along with Robin McGehee, he co-directed the National Equality March on Washington in 2009 and co-founded GetEQUAL, whose early mission was to coordinate direct action targeting federal elected officials who broke promises on LGBTQ issues. GetEQUAL made an important contribution to the boots-on-the-ground activism that pushed for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2011.
Kip earned his MA in Counseling Psychology in 2013, and he is now a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He is working on his PhD in Existential-Humanistic Psychology at Saybrook University while running a private psychotherapy practice in SF, where he works primarily with sexual minority men. He lives with his husband in the Oakland Hills, and he is eager about the movement building and direct action opportunities in the era of Donald Trump.
Co-Founder and Executive Director for Queri: Queer Understandings for Ethnic & Racial Intersection. Khari has worked on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights for many years with Organizations such as CAPI (Consolidated Association of Pride Inc.), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Black & Pink, and the Federal LGBTQ and HIV + Criminal Justice Working Group. Khari is a formerly incarcerated person and attended Johnson & Wales University and Brown University. He has earned degrees in Financial Services Management and Organizational Managment.
Clifton Cortez is Team Leader, Gender, Key Populations and LGBTI – HIV, Health and Development Team/Democracy and Peacebuilding Group, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, where he leads the team responsible for leadership of UNDP’s HIV and health-focused policy and program contributions to sustainable development, including as relates to inclusive growth, governance, and gender. He simultaneously serves as the UNDP global senior manager responsible for policy and program direction on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion. Clif has over 20 years of experience in programming in middle- and low-income countries related to inclusive growth, governance, HIV/health, displaced people/refugees, people living with disabilities, disaster risk reduction/climate change and gender. His expertise includes the integration of LGBTI as a crosscutting concern in capacity development and development knowledge management.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is an Emmy-nominated journalist working for AJ+ as a Senior Correspondent. In 2010, Ahmed created, produced and co-hosted Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream,” an award-winning interactive talk show nominated for an Emmy award for Most Innovative Program in 2012. Ahmed helped launch the award-winning HuffPost Live for the Huffington post and joined VICE in 2015 where he served as a correspondent/producer for eight pieces on their groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series VICE on HBO. In 2015 and 2016, he was featured on the Arabian Business power list of the planet’s 100 most influential young Arabs. In 2012 he was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of ‘young disruptors, innovators & media entrepreneurs impatient to change the world’.