Sharon Bridgforth, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, is recipient of The Theater Offensive 2012 Out On The Edge Award, and the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize. Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS.) received a 2012 MAP Fund award in support of her current work in-progress, River See. River See is a 2012 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall (Chicago), Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami), Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS), The Theatre Offensive (Boston) and NPN. Her piece, blood pudding, was produced in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival. The 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Bridgforth received DePaul’s 2012 Stonewall Award for Outstanding Faculty Leader. Bridgforth is 2009 Mellon Artist In-Residence in The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Bridgforth is the author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories, RedBone Press. She is co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. For more go to: http://sharonbridgforth.com. Photo credit: Vanessa Vargas
Jun-Fung is excited to work with the Butch Voices Advisory Board to create more multi-gender spaces where masculine of center people of color can shine. Their passions include: working with LGBTQQI youth and young adults, social media marketing, and wishing they were the next big YouTube discovery.
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B. Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last ten years. Drawing on this experience, she launched the Brown Boi Project. A graduate of Mills College, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and White House Harry S. Truman Scholar, she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development. As a health activist and author, Cole edited Freeing Ourselves, the trans/LGB health guide; which is now being used to forward understanding of the incredible breadth of health needs for LGBT people of color.
D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally (LA, NY and SF). D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, most recently: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (co-edited by Sharon Bridgforth). D’Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York’s School of Audio Engineering (SAE).
Krys Freeman is the Co-Founder and COO at Khafra Company, a lifestyle brand with personal styling and wardrobe enhancement at it’s core. Krys previously founded theDefinition.org (2008-2013) a social network bringing masculine of women, transmen and their allies together in safe, positive and affirming space online. A child of the digital age, Krys likes to be thought of as a web 2.0 evangelist. Krys spends her free time testing and exploring new ways to employ web technology to bring about social change. Since 2008, s/he has developed and facilitated workshops dealing specifically with the intersection of web media and social activism at both adult and youth LGBT conferences; including the National Black Lesbian Conference (2008), Phillips Academy Andover’s 30th Anniversary GSA Conference (2009), BUTCH Voices (2009) and Models of Pride (2009 & 2010).
In 2007, Freeman completed an undergraduate degree in Urban & Environmental Policy, with a minor in Critical Theory & Social Justice at Occidental College. In 2008 s/he served as a Media Fellow for Communities of African Descent at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation where s/he helped to develop the voices of straight ally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people for media outlets like the New York Times and Essence magazine. In 2009 s/he served as the Logistics Chair for the first inaugural BUTCHVoices Conference. In 2010, Oakland Local called her a “Phenomenon.” In 2011, Krys served as BUTCH Voices’ Board President and Conference Co-Chair.
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She is a multiracial trans woman with a long history of working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations on a local, state, and federal level, having served on several boards and offering support as a strategic consultant.
Since receiving her degree in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, Tobi has turned her focus to media analysis and productions. She is a founding member and major contributor to the media collective, Handbasket Productions.
Handbasket Productions is a radical, oppression aware media collective focusing on queer culture, trans experience and sex positivity. Spanning non-fiction, fiction, and fantasy genres, we use books zines, film, music and other art to cover a variety of topics including sex work, polyamory, racism and queerspawn experience.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring PG County, Maryland, Ryann Makenzi Holmes is a black, queer, feminist, and self-identified boi. She earns her keep as an entrepreneur, consultant, and media based organizer. After completing her undergrad in Business Marketing at George Mason University, she went on to finish her MBA at Baruch College, focusing on Social Entrepreneurship. As a co-founder of the critically acclaimed collective, bklyn boihood, she spends much of her time working on providing visibility and promoting the empowerment of masculine of center folks of color. Recently, Ryann was featured as one of Go Magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love: Class of 2011, has spoken on numerous panels including the Lesbians of Color Symposium at Harvard Law, ‘Queer My Blog’ at NYU, the’ Queerocracy Symposium’ at the New School, the Hetrick Martin Institute, and is a graduate of the Brown Boi Project Leadership Program in Oakland, California.
Rajkumari Neogy, MA is a consultant, facilitator, and social entrepreneur who offers training and consulting in topics such as transformative leadership, conscious business and breakthrough strategy. She has worked with over 500 corporations and organizations worldwide over the last 20 years, including Fortune 100 companies like Sony, Adobe, JVC, and amazon.com. She has built training departments, revamped processes and established workflows to maximize efficiency.
Along with her background as an entrepreneur and corporate facilitator, Rajkumari’s MA in Transformative Leadership Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies gives her holistic tools to approach an organization and its challenges, and to arrive at solutions that address complex needs on multiple levels.
Finally, Rajkumari works with all her clients in true partnership: she becomes part of the organizational fabric, and strengthens connections, processes and relationships from within. She is a firm believer in the principle of empowering people with information to take their department or business to the next level and beyond in the weeks, months and years following her training. In other words, rather than simply serve up a sumptuous seafood platter, she teaches her clients to fish.
Q-Roc is a masculine of center lesbian from Dallas, Texas. Q-Roc is the driving force behind Orange Moon Media, LLC. a multi-function media production company that provides video production, graphic design and viral marketing services. Orange Moon Media launched Q-Roc.tv, an online TV show that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the queer community. With a strong background in video/film production, performance, and social media, Q-Roc is currently touring the bull-jean stories multimedia adaptation, a one person play about a bull-dagga in the 1920s rural south, based on the book by sharon bridgforth.
S/he sits on the board of the Brown Boi Project, an organization that works for gender justice and seeks to redress the power imbalance between traditional expressions of masculinity and femininity. She is also a founding member of the DFW Senators, a local Dallas, TX organization that aims to empower, educate and entertain lesbians of color. Q-Roc is Media Coordinator of Fahari Arts Institute, an arts organization that celebrates, displays, and produces the works of LGBT/queer artists from throughout the African Diaspora. Basically, Q-Roc doesn’t sleep much but as long as the creative juices are flowing s/he is happy!