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Robyn Ochs

Saturday, Feb 15 |

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, grassroots activist, and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: the 42-country collection Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements. Robyn was recently named by Teen Vogue as one of “9 Bisexual Women Who are Making History.”

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Saturday, Feb 15 |

Speaking Our Truths is a conversation with trans survivors of sexual and cultural assault, as well as contributors to the anthology Written on the Body. This panel includes Lexie Bean, Summer Minerva, and Nyala Moon. Lexie Bean is a writer, performer, and curator of Written on the Body, their third anthology full of letters that people have written to their body parts. Their work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and queer foreshadowing. Summer Minerva, M.S.Ed., is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and polyglot. Their current performance and film work center the intersections of gender and spirituality and how identity labels inform our sense of who we are. They are currently in process with an autobiographical documentary film tracing their ancestry to the 3rd gender of southern Italy. Nyala Moon is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. After working 6 years in the nonprofit community helping other transgender and queer people of color access affirming health care Nyala took a leap of faith and pursued her passions for filmmaking. She is currently working her third short film, Cold Cornbread. Nyala is working on launching a production company with her producing partner, Eileen Makak, to help other queer people tell their own stories.

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Romeo Jackson

Saturday, Feb 15 |

Hailing from the southside of Chicago and the grandchild of Gracie Lee Fowler, Romeo Jackson is a 1st generation, Queer, Non-Binary Femme, and a Black descended of the estimated 11 million Africans who were kidnapped and sold into enslavement. They are a feminist dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. Currently, Romeo is the inaugural LGBTQ & Gender Program Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their research, writing, and practice explores Race/ism, Settler Colonialism, Gender, and Sexuality within a Higher Education Context with an emphasis on the experiences of Queer and Trans Students of Color. Named one of the 100 Black and LGBT-SGL leaders to watch, Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a black queer feminist lens.

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