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Kat Blaque is an Animator, Illustrator and Youtuber. With 10+ years of online activism under her belt, she uses her platform to educate across intersections and cultivate conversation. With over 100k Youtube subscribers, nearly 200k Facebook likes, and an average weekly reach of 4 million, it's clear people are listening.
She playfully refers to herself as “intersectionality salad” as she embodies various identities and experiences. As a black transgender woman who is a survivor of rape and sexual assault, Kat strives to facilitate educational conversations about social injustice, the importance of staying true to yourself, and the consequences of online harassment. She is passionate about giving a voice to the marginalized.
Check out her YouTube Channel!
Sam Bullington is a college professor, shamanic healer and counselor, and founder and director of Phoenix, Colorado's Trans Community Choir. Sam has been involved in trans politics in the US since 1995 and in South Africa since 2006, working with Gender Dynamix, the first trans organization on the African continent. Sam was the first trans professor at the University of Missouri, co-chair of the second ever trans choir (TransVoices in Minneapolis), and in 2015 started his own trans choir here in Colorado. Sam's keynote on the role of trans people in humanity's evolution and our collective transformation draws from his recently completed book, Transgender Wisdom: What I've Learned about Gender and Life from Living in the Grey Areas. The book--part memoir, part gender studies, and part spiritual teaching--uses Sam's gender journey, as well as professional reinvention, to model how to respond to our collective invitation to change, helping people grapple with their fears of change through exploring how Sam transcended his own resistance to change.
Sam's Keynote address will be: Trans People are Here to be Teachers and Leaders.
This is our time, the time for trans/genderqueer/non-binary folks to step forward and show others the way. We are living in a society that is dying and in desperate need of visionary leadership. It is time for us to fully move beyond medical models that represent us as broken or deficient, societal narratives that pose us as threatening or ridiculous, and political goals of assimilation into a dysfunctional culture to step into our rightful place as path-forgers, shapeshifters, and way-showers. It is time for us to move beyond surviving to build a world in which we can truly thrive, modeling new ways of being and loving and organizing, helping our culture move beyond dualistic and fear-based thinking. In a historical moment generally characterized as extremely discouraging and enraging, Sam explores the gifts of this societal moment and the role of trans people in bringing about needed collective paradigm shifts.
Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project. Chase’s work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States. Chase has particular expertise on the treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming people in police custody, jails, prisons and other forms of detention.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Chase was an Equal Justice Works fellow and the Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where he represented transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in confinement settings. In 2012, Chase founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides direct bail/bond assistance to LGBTQ immigrants in criminal and immigration cases. Chase is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Grinnell College.
Chase's keynote address will be: “We just need to pee”
Situating trans bodies in social and legal discourse. In the talk I will explore the development of a trans rights discourse and the way in which our political and legal strategies have situated trans bodies in precarious ways that will have long-term negative health consequences for all trans people, particularly non-binary people.
News clips re: the trans military ban
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