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Joy Ladin: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University and is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. 
  • She is a Fulbright Scholar and author of seven books: Through the Door of Life:  A Jewish Journey Between Genders, and six poetry collections, including Coming to Life, named by The Forward as among the year’s best Jewish poetry books, Transmigration, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, Psalms, and, most recently, The Definition of Joy
  • Her essays on gender identity, Judaism, and poetry have been widely published, and she has taught and spoken about Judaism and gender identity around the country. She has served on the Board of Nehirim, and on the Advisory Board for the Human Rights Campaign’s Jewish Organizational Equality Index.

Connie Mitchell: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an Australian pop singer and the lead vocalist with the Sydney band Sneaky Sound System, who has wowed crowds worldwide playing gigs like Glastonbury, Exit Festival Serbia and Future Music Festival Kuala Lumpur.
  • Their self-titled album went on to become their multi-platinum, ARIA-Award winning debut. Its successor, “2”, entered the Australian charts at number one, and Mitchell has since appeared on albums by Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross.
  • With Sneaky Sound System, Connie Mitchell has supported Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters, and played the Australian leg of the worldwide concert Live Earth in July 2007.
  • In 2009 I Will Be Here, a collaboration with Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto, took Sneaky Sound System to the top of the US dance airplay charts.
  • Mitchell has a vision for her solo material to be more “edgy and esoteric” than Sneaky. Future R&B is a catchphrase. “That doesn’t mean it’s R&B - Kate Bush singing over R&B could be Future R&B, but it’s not R&B," 

Tracie Jada O’Brien

Pronouns: She/her

  1. She is a pioneer in the LGBT community, and is involved with dozens of earth-breaking new projects, who is also a certified addictions treatment counselor who spent six years as a counselor and coordinator of Extend Services at Stepping Stone of San Diego; a nationally renowned Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility specific to the LGBT community. 
  2. She is active with the San Francisco Transgender Law Center, The California Transgender Leadership Summit, The California Office of AIDS Transgender HIV Equality and Party Conferences, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention. 
  3. She is also the coordinator of the Family Health Center’s Project S.T.A.R., which provides services for the transgender community, and is the co-founder of Transaction, San Diego’s first political, social, transgender group that succeeded in having cross-dressing laws in the county repealed. 

Del LaGrace Volcano

Pronouns: He/Him

  1. Del is known as “one of instigators of polymorphous perverse queer culture.”, and a formally trained photographer, whose work includes installation, performance and film and interrogates the performance of gender on several levels, especially the performance of masculinity and femininity.
  2. His work complicates understandings of both femininity and masculinity by depicting lesbian masculinity. In “The Feminine Principle” Volcano takes queer femininities as a focus. Included in this project is a portrait of Kate Bornstein.
  3. Volcano’s most recent photographs demonstrate how intersexed bodies can offer an entirely new perspective on the body. The ‘normal’ body in relation to Volcano’s photographs becomes queer. Volcano describes the bodies in his latest works as “sites of mutation, loss, and longing.”
  4. Del has produced four monographs from 1991’s Love Bites to Sex Works in 2005. 
  5. “As a gender variant visual artist I access 'technologies of gender’ in order to amplify rather than erase the hermaphroditic traces of my body. I name myself. A gender abolitionist. A part time gender terrorist. An intentional mutation and intersex by design, (as opposed to diagnosis), in order to distinguish my journey from the thousands of intersex individuals who have had their 'ambiguous’ bodies mutilated and disfigured in a misguided attempt at 'normalization’. I believe in crossing the line as many times as it takes to build a bridge we can all walk across.”

Mx Maki Yamazaki

Pronouns: She/her

  1. She is a musician, a transgender radical-feminist, producer and head of Silvana Studio and and an advocate of queer & disabled peoples’ rights.  She also has dyslexia and, thus writes by ear and music theory over reading music.
  2. Her main instrument is, bass guitar. However she also sings, plays baritone & classical guitar, ukulele, percussion, cello, organ and writes and records all her own material. Additionally, she has performedin a number of bands, andhas also worked as an live sound engineer, technical director, performed as a cabaret artist, poet and improvisationalist.
  3. She also was born with a connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and works to raise awareness of this rare and disabling condition. 
  4. As the first openly out trans retrospective-futurist, who is the creative mind behind Dr. Carmilla, a retrospective-futurist cabaret about a lesbian vampire in space, she blogs and vlogs about social justice concerning trans, feminist, disability and asexual issues.
  5. She is the founder of Trans-script with the Oxford City Amnesty International group, which ran events for Oxford’s Pride festivals during 2009 & 2010. Here she ran and performed these events in collaboration with a number of other trans individuals, eventually inspiring others to create another event for the London Pride festival by the same name in 2010.