Dorcas Adedoja (they/them) is a Nigerian-American nonbinary transmasculine public health architect. They are a Human Rights Campaign ACTIVATE Fellow, DotDash Anti-Bias Review Board Member, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Accountability Cabinet Member dedicated to centering Black and LGBTQ+ people as they work to improve healthcare for all.
Edafe is a global gay rights activist and the executive director of the RDJ Refugee Shelter in Harlem. The shelter helps refugees transition to life in America. His memoir “Asylum,” by Simon and Schuster, will be out in 2022.
Jasmine Hearn is from the occupied land of the Karankawa and Atapake people, now known as Houston, TX. A performer, director, choreographer, organizer, teaching artist, and a 2017 Bessie award winning performer with the collective Skeleton Architecture, they have crafted and shared solo and collaborative dance theater performances rooted in identity, memory, and the facilitation of creative space for feelings and fantasy. They are currently a company member with Urban Bush Women and a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Fellow.
Jia is a Black non-binary femme from the South Bronx leading a COVID-19 response FREE mental health project that has served 500+ QBIPoC across the USA and around the world. They/She is a mental health advocate, suicide attempt survivor, creative, social worker, and community organizer.
She has 6 years of events/project management experience in wellness, and art for NYC museums, nonprofits, art collectives, and universities. She has had 3 years of mental health advocacy experience for NYC grassroots organizations. Additionally, they worked for 6 years on successful social justice movements for Black Womxn and Queer liberation with The New York Transgender Advocacy Group, Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Audre Lorde Project, BUFU, Equality 4 Flatbush, Sadie Nash, Black Lives Matter, BYP 100, and F2L. She has 3 artists’ scholarships at Parsons The New School, and they are currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College. They are also a 2020 advocacy fellow of New York Transgender Advocacy Group.
It is important to center their/her work around Queer and Trans People of Color, particularly Black and Indigenous people.
Elijah Li, a New York native, is an LGBT advocate, community business owner, writer, designer, and engineer. Elijah’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, community development/empowerment, and visibility as it relates to LGBT minorities. His work in the community came as a natural extension of his work in engineering, where there was an implicit commitment to identify issues and solve them in unique ways.
Kylie Madhav currently serves as the Mental Health Services Manager at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. She has spent nearly the entirety of her career working in various human rights-oriented capacities in the United States, India, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. In her professional capacity, she has collaborated closely with queer, immigrant, and economically vulnerable communities. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MSW from New York University, and is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Kreyòl.
A multidisciplinary creative, Major started his career as a dance artist performing in New York City and on global stages. A graduate of Point Park University, he has also had the opportunity to act and appear in several web series, commercials, and movies. Along with dancing and acting, Major is currently working as a producer, content creator, host, and correspondent. He has worked with outlets such as GLAAD, Google, and HBO, and has interviewed prominent leaders in entertainment, including award-winning writer-director Lee Daniels as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Jericho Brown and Michael R. Jackson.