Transformations' Jenson, Careaga to lead MBLGTACC lunch and learn


Lansing, MI—Merrique Jenson and Jade Careaga of Transformations, a Kansas City, MO-based nonprofit, will lead the Revoluncheon, a lunch and learn session tackling the greatest issues facing Midwest queer and trans communities. Jenson and Careaga will grapple with major questions around community building, movement work, and creating a liberated future.

Jenson (she/her) is a transgender, queer, second-generation multiracial woman of color of White, Indigenous and Mexican heritage. She is the Founder and currently serves as the executive director for Transformations, a trans and gender-expansive youth organization based in Kansas City. Merrique has been working in the fields of harm reduction and anti-violence advocacy for over 20 years and has helped create multiple startup LGBTQ programs in the Midwest for young people and trans people of color experiencing trauma and living on the streets.

Careaga (she/her) is a multi-racial (white, Indigenous, Filipino, Puerto Rican, and Mexican) woman of trans experience who is an accomplished makeup artist and stylist based in Seattle, Washington. Prior to Covid, she was often working with amazing clients who celebrated Jade for her positive attitude, friendliness, and guidance in all things cosmetic related.

All attendees welcome to join this space. Only those who purchased lunch tickets will be provided lunch, and external food is not allowed in the space. Jenson and Careaga are also leading "The Dolls Are Thriving," a Saturday track comprising two extended sessions and a focused identity forum.

MBLGTACC, America’s largest and longest-running conference for LGBTQIA+ college students and young adults, will gather for the thirtieth time from October 21-23, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio and online. Tickets for a safe, full in-person experience are available at $85 per person through October 14. A dedicated virtual track, with a digital-first audience in mind, is also available for $20 per person through October 20.

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