LGBTQ Conference at Harvard


Featured Speakers


Aisha Moodie-Mills |   Spring 2019 Harvard Residential Fellow; Political Strategist,  The Moodie-Mills Agency

Aisha Moodie-Mills | Spring 2019 Harvard Residential Fellow; Political Strategist, The Moodie-Mills Agency

Aisha Moodie-Mills has led and won campaigns that build political power for people of color, LGBTQ people and women for close to 20 years. Most recently, she was a driving force behind 2017's historic "Year of the Trans Candidate" leading the effort that elected more transgender officials across the country than ever before.

Aisha previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Regional Finance Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and political advisor to over a dozen Members of Congress.

She has been named one of the “OUT 100” LGBTQ influencers, “The Root 100” African American trailblazers, and a top “40 Under Forty” LGBTQ leader by The Advocate.

Aaron C. Morris |   Executive Director , Immigration Equality

Aaron C. Morris | Executive Director, Immigration Equality

Aaron C. Morris is Immigration Equality’s Executive Director. Prior to becoming ED, Aaron led the organization’s law and policy programs. As such, he has supervised Immigration Equality’s legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and lobbying efforts.

Aaron first joined Immigration Equality as a Pride Law Fellow in the summer of 2004. After law school, he volunteered with the organization whenever he could, joining as a staff attorney in 2008. Aaron is a graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Immigration Equality, he was an immigration staff attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Aaron is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the LGBT Bar Association. In 2014, he was named by the LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. In 2017, he was honored with the Peter M. Cicchinio award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest.


Arlene B. Baratz, M.D. |   Radiologist , Temple University School of Medicine Pittsburgh site;  Coordinator of Medical and Research Affairs : AIS-DSD Support Group;  Chair , Medical and Research Policy Committee: interACT- Advocates for Intersex Youth

Arlene B. Baratz, M.D. | Radiologist, Temple University School of Medicine Pittsburgh site; Coordinator of Medical and Research Affairs: AIS-DSD Support Group; Chair, Medical and Research Policy Committee: interACT- Advocates for Intersex Youth

Arlene Baratz M.D. is a physician and mother of 2 intersex women, also known as differences or disorders of sex development (DSD). For the last 20 years, she has supported and advocated for the intersex community, serving on the boards of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome- DSD Support Group and interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. Over the last year, Arlene was invited to share her expertise with Human Rights Watch, NIH, the California legislature, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She co-authored many publications including Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood and Handbook for Parents, as well as Guidelines for the Development of Comprehensive Care Centers for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Guidance from the CARES Foundation Initiative. With daughter, Katie Baratz Dalke, a psychiatrist and Director of Culturally Responsive Healthcare Education for the Penn State University College of Medicine, she co-authored the Peer Support section in the 2016 Global Disorders of Sex Development Update Since 2006: Perceptions, Approach, and Care to contribute patient perspectives. Currently, Arlene collaborates with advocates, clinicians and researchers to promote patient-centered outcomes focused on health and well-being of intersex people as Coordinator of Medical and Research Affairs for AIS-DSD Support Group, and Chair of the Medical and Research Policy Committee for interACT.

Pierre Berastaín |   Director , Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Pierre Berastaín | Director, Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Pierre R. Berastaín is the Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Harvard University where he leads and provides oversight of advocacy, education, and prevention services as well as support the coordination within OSAPR and throughout the University to address the needs of people who have experienced interpersonal harm. Prior to his role at Harvard, Pierre served as the Assistant Director of Innovation and Engagement at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), the federally funded, Latino specific resource center for gender based violence in the United States. During his tenure, Pierre led multi-year federal grant programs under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice; partook on public policy initiatives with federal agencies; oversaw organizational strategic communications; and conducted trainings on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. He worked with federal agencies, college campuses and universities, domestic and sexual violence state coalitions, shelters, and community programs to infuse cultural competency on violence intervention and prevention initiatives. In previous roles, Pierre worked for Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter in Roxbury, Mass as the Restorative Justice Advocate, and served as the Director of Media Relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. He co-founded the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and served as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Domestic Violence Coalition. From 2012 to 2013, Pierre was a Fellow at the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's National People of Color Media Institute. His work has appeared in national and international publications and books, including the Huffington Post. From 2015 - 2018, he served on the board of MERGE for Equality, an organization that works to engage men around violence prevention. He is one of the founders of Latinos United for Peace and Equity and sits  on the board of  Caminar Latino, a national organization dedicated to working with Latino families affected by violence. He holds a Bachelor's in Social Anthropology and a minor in Ethnic Studies: Human Rights from Harvard College as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Originally from Peru, Pierre immigrated to the United States with his family in 1998 and remained an undocumented immigrant for 14 years until he received DACA in 2012.

Gonzalo Casals |   Executive Director  of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Gonzalo Casals | Executive Director of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Gonzalo Casals is the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. His experience ranges from innovative cultural programming, authentic engagement strategies, and progressive public policy.

As Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line, he led the team in a transformative process that shifted the focus of the organization to equitable cultural practices to impact its surrounding neighborhoods. For over 7 years, Gonzalo held various roles at El Museo del Barrio. His tenure as Director of Education and Public Programs focused on cultural production as a vehicle to foster empowerment, social capital, and civic participation.

Gonzalo was part of the consultant team that led CreateNYC, the New York City’s first comprehensive cultural plan, and was a member of the NYC Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. A commission that developed guidelines on how the City should address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City. He is a member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance to revitalize NYC arts and culture from the neighborhood up.

His work and opinions have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bomb Magazine, WNYC NY, and The Huffington Post.

A regular guest speaker on arts, culture, equity, and inclusion, Gonzalo teaches Arts, Culture, and Public Policy at the Roosevelt House, Hunter College’s Policy Institute, and Museum Management at the Weissman School of Art and Sciences, Baruch College. He is an active participant in Jackson Heights, Queens civic life where he lives with his partner Leo.

Puneet Cheema |   Staff Attorney , Lambda Legal

Puneet Cheema | Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal

Puneet Cheema is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT+ people and people with HIV.

Puneet has extensive litigation experience and works to expand and solidify the rights of LGBT people throughout the United States. She represents a transgender teacher in Eller v. Prince George’s County Public Schools in the District of Maryland in an employment discrimination action. In Zzyym v. Pompeo, she is litigating against the U.S. Department of State in the Tenth Circuit on behalf of Dana Zzyym, an intersex, non-binary person seeking a passport with a non-binary gender marker.

Prior to joining Lambda, Puneet served as a Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice (DOJ) for five years where she investigated patterns and practices of unconstitutional conduct by law enforcement agencies, and negotiated, and implemented, consent decrees. Puneet played a leading role in the DOJ’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department and negotiation of a Consent Decree with the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Police Department. She was also part of the team that litigated the DOJ’s case against Sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Faith Cheltenham |   Vice President,  BiNet USA

Faith Cheltenham | Vice President, BiNet USA

Faith got started in LGBTQIA advocacy as a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) intern on the Gore 2000 campaign, and in 2006 appeared as a slam poet on the Emmy winning docu-series on race in America, “Black. White.” produced by Ice Cube. After working in corporate America doing digital strategy for Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and co-creating for Macmillan Books, she began to focus full-time on writing, advocacy and performing.

In 2013, as BiNet USA President, Faith co-organized the first ever Bisexual Community Issues Roundtable at the White House and in 2014, was honored to stand alongside President Obama as he signed the Executive Order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Together with GLAAD, BiNet USA co-sponsors the annual Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek), a social media experience seen by millions that Faith co-created in 2014.

As a performer, panelist, and lecturer, Faith has spoken or performed at locations as varied as both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, Netroots Nation, The Improv, The Queer People of Color Conference and Yale University. As a writer, she’s been awarded with accolades from USA Today, GO Magazine and The National Association of LGBT Journalists. Faith is also the proud mom of a gender creative child of color, Storm, age 6.

In 2017, Faith was diagnosed with hyperthymesia, or the inability to forget her own memories and entered the classification process for Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. Faith came out as intersex on The BiCast podcast in 2016 and now speaks more about her own memories of infant surgery and growing up Black, bi, female, and intersex.

Jesus Cisneros |   Assistant Professor , University of Texas at El Paso

Jesus Cisneros | Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso

Jesus Cisneros is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University, and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University. As a scholar, his research moves gender, sexuality, and immigration status, and their conceptual margins, to the center of analysis in an effort to explore and understand the way politics and identity interact with various axes of inequality. He currently serves on the board for United We Dream—the largest immigrant youth-led organization—and is co-founder of DREAMzone, a knowledge mobilization initiative that prepares educational leaders to respond to the presence and needs of undocumented students.

Ruby Corado |   Executive Director,  Casa Ruby

Ruby Corado | Executive Director, Casa Ruby

Ruby Jade Corado, D.C. Humanist-Transgender woman

Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. Now 43 years old, she has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 27 years, where she has devoted the last 20 years to advocating for the inclusion of transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in main stream society.

She is a self-made, tireless advocate and leader for social justice, and her hard work has helped gain legal protections in Washington, D.C. She has fought for LGBTQ human rights, transgender liberation, immigration equality, and access to healthcare, and fought against hate crimes/violence and many other disparities and issues facing the communities that she represents.

Ruby is a bilingual inspirational speaker and nationally recognized sensitivity trainer focusing on social justice issues facing transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, both in English and Spanish.

Lynly S. Egyes |   Interim Legal Director/Director of Litigation , Transgender Law Center

Lynly S. Egyes | Interim Legal Director/Director of Litigation, Transgender Law Center

Lynly S. Egyes is the Interim Legal Director/Director of Litigation at the Transgender Law Center. Prior to joining TLC, Lynly was the Legal Director at the Sex Workers Project (SWP) at the Urban Justice Center. During her eight years at SWP, Lynly provided legal services to sex workers and survivors of trafficking. Lynly launched SWP’s LGBT anti-trafficking program and created SWP’s Rapid Court Response Program in response to the police profiling of Translatina women in Queens. In 2014, Lynly began volunteering in Family Detention Centers representing sex workers, trafficking victims and LGBTQ community members. Prior to her work at the Sex Workers Project, Lynly managed the student leadership program at the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). At GLSEN, Lynly worked with high school and middle school students throughout the United States who were organizing to create safe schools for LGBTQ youth. Lynly is a trained facilitator with over 15 years of experience facilitating trainings through out the Untied States and Mexico. She authored chapters in, Broadening the Scope of Human Trafficking and Social Work Practice and co-authored the report, Immigration on ICE: A Report on Immigration Home Raids Operations.

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal |   Executive Director  of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), the organization that filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS; and to block immigration arrests in courts. Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrants' rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. Under his leadership, LCR has become a hub for litigation, advocacy, and resistance in response to the current climate. Previously, he worked at Lambda Legal, MALDEF, and Fried Frank LLP. Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, SDNY. The National LGBT Bar Association recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, and the Boston Business Journal included him in its "Top 40 Under 40" list. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. NYU recently named him “LGBT Alumnus of the Year.” He recently received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award, and UPenn’s Martin Luther King Award in Social Justice.

Steph Grayson Gauchel, Ed.D. |   Assistant Dean   for Student Affairs , Harvard Divinity School

Steph Grayson Gauchel, Ed.D. | Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Harvard Divinity School

Steph (they, them, their or he, him, his pronouns) has served as the assistant dean for student affairs at HDS since 2016. Steph provides support, counseling, and referral to students in academic, personal, or medical difficulty. Steph also serves as the local disability coordinator, as a student Title IX coordinator, and more broadly as a resource for all forms of identity-based issues. They also play a major role in the HDS student co-curricular experience, including orientation, student programming, and the HDS Student Association.

Steph’s educational and professional interests are rooted in intersectional feminism and social justice. Before coming to Harvard Divinity School, Steph was at Tufts University for nearly a decade, serving primarily as Director of the Women’s Center, but also held roles as Director of Student Affairs Pluralism Initiatives and Interim LGBT Center Director. Steph has a B.A. in Women’s Studies, an M.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. Their dissertation was entitled, “Making visible: An exploration of trainer conceptualization of program content related to gender, racial, and sexual identity within college sexual assault prevention programs.” Steph is passionate about working with students, particularly around personal and identity development and exploring how systems of oppression and privilege operate intersectionally to impact lived experiences. Steph ’s own positionality has contributed to specific interest in considerations of identity related to experiences of visibility and invisibility; challenging binaries and identity essentialism; multiracial and transracial adoptee identity; and, kinship and belonging.

Robbie Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D. |  Medical Director , Transgender Health Program;  Instructor in Medicine,  Harvard Medical School ; Assistant in Medicine , Massachusetts General Hospita

Robbie Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D. |Medical Director, Transgender Health Program; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospita

Robert Goldstein is an Infectious Disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Infectious Disease fellowship in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital program. His fellowship training was focused on HIV prevention and management, as well as HPV disease. He currently is the Medical Director the MGH Transgender Health Program and his clinical practice includes HIV primary care, as well as care for sexual and gender minority patients.

Jess Helene Herbst |   Owner,  Herbst Technical Services;  Commissioner , Planning Board of the Town of New Hope;  Co-Chair , Equality Texas Dallas Steering Board

Jess Helene Herbst | Owner, Herbst Technical Services; Commissioner, Planning Board of the Town of New Hope; Co-Chair, Equality Texas Dallas Steering Board

Married to Debbie Herbst since 1980, Two daughters born 1989 and 1990, one granddaughter born Nov 2018.
Jess Herbst is currently a planning commissioner for the town of New Hope Texas and was formerly the mayor, mayor pro-tem, road commissioner and alderman beginning in 2003. She is also a contract technical consultant for the city of Plano Texas, serves as co-chair of the Equality Texas regional steering committee and a founding member of One Texas Resistance (a multi-organizational advocacy group formed to monitor and influence Texas Legislation).
Jess came out as transgender publicly in Feb 2017, attracting the attention of international press.
Jess was the first openly transgender elected official in the state of Texas and their first Transgender Mayor.
A recent graduate of The Executive Leadership in State and Local Officials course at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge and the recipient of the Victory Institutes Bohnett fellowship.
Jess has been a strong advocate of LGBTQ rights and has testified before several Texas State House and Senate committees.

Haven Michael Herrin |   Executive Driector , Soulforce

Haven Michael Herrin | Executive Driector, Soulforce

Haven Herrin is a queer, trans white Southerner from Texas. They organize with Soulforce because it deeply connects the spiritual, the personal, and the political in the work of challenging Christian Supremacy. Haven started with Soulforce in 2005 as an Equality Ride Co-Director, a recurring tour of the campuses of the Religious Right. From that work came an understanding of the Religious Right as a centuries long project premised upon colonization, white supremacy, and patriarchy and the stake that LGBTQI people have in ending that regime. Haven loves nothing more than creating the space for activists to locate and embrace their power and wholeness. They approach organizing as an artist and designer, and dance keeps their spirit alive in these challenging times.

Blair Imani |   Ambassador , Muslims for Progressive Values

Blair Imani | Ambassador, Muslims for Progressive Values

Blair Imani is Black, Queer, and Muslim. She is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History and an Ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community. Blair has been honored as part of the 2018 OUT100 by OUT Magazine, #Woke100 by ESSENCE in 2018, and 25 Gen-Z'ers creating change in the world by NYLON.

Alesdair H. Ittelson|   Director of Law & Policy , interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

Alesdair H. Ittelson| Director of Law & Policy, interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

Alesdair H. Ittelson is the Director of Law & Policy at interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, where he works to protect the rights of those born with variations in their sex characteristics, also known as intersex. Alesdair’s efforts on the vanguard of LGBTQI issues include the first case challenging “conversion therapy” as consumer fraud, representation of transgender youth in educational and institutional settings throughout the Deep South, and the first public case on behalf of an intersex person subjected to medically unnecessary “genital normalizing” surgery in infancy. Alesdair has advised on countless policies at the state and local level and his written guidance has influenced interpretations of federal and international human rights law, including by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United Nations. Alesdair began his career at the LGBT Rights Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center as the first ever openly transgender recipient of a Skadden Fellowship.

Malcolm Kenyatta, State Rep. |   State Representative,  Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Malcolm Kenyatta, State Rep. | State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Malcolm Kenyatta was elected to serve as state representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, on November 6, 2018. He is a product of Philadelphia public schools and a 2012 graduate of Temple University.

His legislative priorities include raising wages to overcome systemic poverty, improving the educational system across the Commonwealth and improving access to quality healthcare for families. As the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. Rep. Kenyatta believes that maintaining a healthy democracy requires the involvement of every citizen.

Rep. Kenyatta, 28, is a third-generation North Philadelphian and was born to the late Kelly and Malcolm J. Kenyatta. He was raised alongside three siblings, and is the grandson of Muhammad Kenyatta, a noted civil rights leader, minister, Harvard graduate and political candidate.

Rep. Kenyatta got his start in community activism when he ran for junior block captain at age 11. Since then, he has dutifully served as a member of numerous nonprofit and political organizations including Liberty City Democratic Club, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, the Philadelphia Chapter of National Organization for Women’s Education Fund, and Equality PA.

He led the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and worked in Graduate Medical Education at Hahnemann Hospital and food service for a number of years.

In 2016, he was elected as Delegate to the Democratic Convention (PA 2nd), garnering the second highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and how to make government more accountable to citizens.

Rep. Kenyatta is also serving on the Commerce, Liquor Control, State Government, and Tourism & Recreational Development Committee.

Noah E. Lewis, Esq. |   Executive Director , Transcend Legal

Noah E. Lewis, Esq. | Executive Director, Transcend Legal

Noah E. Lewis, Esq., is the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal, a national, New York City-based organization focused on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for transgender-related health care. Noah previously worked for the Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as the staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund for five years. He is the Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee and is a past recipient of the Committee’s Arthur S. Leonard Award recognizing compelling commitment to LGBT equality through the law. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Noah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School, where he worked to eliminate trans exclusions from the student and staff health plans.

Gina Mamone |   Co-Founder , Queer Appalachia

Gina Mamone | Co-Founder, Queer Appalachia

Gina Mamone is an audio engineer & maker living in the coalfields of West Virginia. Mamone engineered and produced some of the first Riot Grrrl albums to come out of the PNW. Until 2014 was President of Riot Grrrl Ink. the largest queer record label in the world, with an artist roster of over 200 that ranged from the Gay Ole Opry to Andrea Gibson. In 2014 in a act of solidarity with the emerging #BLM movement and in an intentional act of reparations & redistribution of wealth, Mamone gave RGI to Awqward, the first Queer POC/ Indigenous Talent Agency. Mamone is the Creative Director @ Queer Appalachia, they communicate with over 250K rural queers & allies daily who call home below the Mason-Dixon through the projects collective social media. Mamone is also an Editor at the Looking at Appalachia Project. Mamone has recently been in collaboration with Nan Goldin’s PAIN project, bringing a rural lens to their opioid work focusing on accountability & reparations from the Sackler Family.

Sathya Mandjiny,   Political Manager,  MassEquality

Sathya Mandjiny, Political Manager, MassEquality

Sathya Mandjiny is currently the Political Manager at MassEquality. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Boston College, focusing on legislative advocacy. She was an intern at the Massachusetts State House for both the House and Senate, and gained legislative advocacy experience at the National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter as their LEAD coordinator, where she focused on legislation surrounding child welfare and criminal justice. Prior to joining MassEquailty, Sathya worked at Lynch Associates as Account Coordinator, working with the legislative team on a variety of issues including health care and transportation.

Joselyn Mendoza |   Worker     Owner , Mirror, a transgender-led-worker-owned cooperative

Joselyn Mendoza | Worker Owner, Mirror, a transgender-led-worker-owned cooperative

Joselyn Mendoza was born in Mexico. Joselyn migrated to the United States escaping violence and looking for a place where she can be herself. Today, Joselyn Mendoza is one of the most fierce advocates for LGBT and immigrant rights. Her work has been nationally covered by LOGO, MSNBC among others and has been recognized by local New York City and State elected officials. Currently, Joselyn Mendoza is the co-founder of Mirror, a one of the first transgender led worker cooperatives in the country and the first of it's kind in NYC where she resides.

Darnell Moore |   Head of Strategy and Programs, US , Breakthrough TV

Darnell Moore | Head of Strategy and Programs, US, Breakthrough TV

Darnell L. Moore is the author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. He is currently Head of Strategy and Programs at Breakthrough US and is the former Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform) and a senior editor and correspondent at Mic. He is co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire and an editor of The Feminist Wire Books (a series of University of Arizona Press). He is also a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. He is the
Darnell’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He hosted Mic's digital series, The Movement, which was nominated for a Breakthrough Series: Short Form Award at the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards. He has led and participated in several critical dialogues including the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women; the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington National Panel on Race, Discrimination and Poverty, the 2012 Seminar on Debates on Religion and Sexuality at Harvard Divinity School, and as a member of the first U.S. delegation of LGBTQ leaders to Palestine in 2012.

A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Root, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth Out, VICE, Guernica, Mondoweiss, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others. He also edited the art book Nicolaus Schmidt: Astor Place, Broadway, New York: A Universe of Hairdressers (Kerber Verlag) and has published essays in several edited books.

Darnell has held positions of Visiting Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Yale Divinity School, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He is presently Writer-in-Residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexuality, and Social Justice at Columbia University. He has taught in the Women and Gender’s Studies and Public Administration departments at Rutgers University, Fordham University, City College of New York City and Vassar College. Darnell has also provided keynote addresses at Harvard University, Williams College, Stony Brook University, New Jersey City University, Stanford University, and the New School.

Darnell received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity for his advocacy in the City of Newark, where he served as Chair of the LGBTQ Concerns Advisory Commission. He is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Academic Leadership Award from Rutgers University LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center for his contributions to developing the Queer Newark Oral History Project. He received the 2013 Angel Award from Gay Men of African Descent and the 2014 Gentleman of the Year Award from the Gentlemen’s Foundation. He was listed as a one of Planned Parenthood’s Top 99 Dream Keepers in 2015, was featured in USA Today’s #InTheirOwnWords multimedia feature on contemporary civil rights activists, was named among EBONY Magazines's 2015 Power 100, Time Out New York's Eight LGBT Influencers, Be Modern Man 100, and The Root 100 2016 and 2018.

He assisted in organizing the Black Lives Matters Ride to Ferguson in the wake of Mike Brown’s tragic murder and along with Alicia Garza, Patrisee Cullors, and Opal Tometti (#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founders) developed the infrastructure for the BLM Network.

P.E. Moskowitz |   Author

P.E. Moskowitz | Author

P.E. Moskowitz is a journalist and author born in New York City and living in New Orleans. Their first book, How to Kill a City, elucidated the secret forces influencing gentrification, from city governments to back-room development deals. Their next book, The Case Against Free Speech, will focus on our current misunderstandings about free speech and dissent, and how fascists and the far-right have abused the term to advance their agenda. It will be published by Bold Type Books/Hachette in August.

Casey Orozco-Poore  |  M.D. Student , Harvard Medical School

Casey Orozco-Poore | M.D. Student, Harvard Medical School

Casey Orozco-Poore is a medical student at Harvard Medical School who is committed to both understanding and helping resolve historically informed health disparities within the LGBTQIA+ population, both within the US and in Central America, particularly Nicaragua. They majored in Neurobiology at Brown University, and are studying to become a neuropsychiatrist. Casey has presented research and given workshops on transgender mental health and clinical guidelines at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference in Victoria, Canada, the Yale IvyQ Conference and the Rhode Island Transgender Health Conference, and in 2019 will present at Yale Q-Med, the RI Transgender Health Conference and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Symposium.

At HMS, they have been collaborating with faculty in Social Medicine, OB/GYN and Trauma Informed Care as part of the Sexual and Gender Minority Curricular Initiative announced in 2018. They have also partnered with InterACT and student groups across Harvard Medical School to support a resolution in Massachusetts and a bill in Connecticut regarding intersex bodily autonomy and medical choice. Casey is a nationally recognized spoken word poet, and greatly enjoys contemporary art museums, particularly those that visually highlight themes of resistance and resilience.

Representative Sam Park |   Georgia State Representative,  House District 101, Georgia General Assembly

Representative Sam Park | Georgia State Representative, House District 101, Georgia General Assembly

Representative Sam Park is a native Georgian raised by a single mother who instilled in him the importance of faith, family, and hard work. Sam's grandparents were refugees from the Korean War who moved to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. Through their sacrifice, Sam had an opportunity to earn a BA in Political Science and a BS in Economics from Georgia State University, his JD from Georgia State University College of Law, and a Masters in Law from American University Washington College of Law.

In 2014, Sam’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Through her fight against cancer, Sam learned the importance of having access to healthcare. On a platform to expand Medicaid, Sam ran for office in 2016, and unseated a three-term Republican chairwoman to become the first Asian American Democrat and first openly gay man elected to the Georgia State Legislature.

During his first term, Sam introduced comprehensive civil rights legislation, co-sponsored legislation to expand Medicaid in Georgia, and defeated discriminatory legislation targeted at minority communities.. Sam currently serves as a Deputy Whip in the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, and as Vice-Chair for the Gwinnett State House Delegation.

Emily Quinn |   Artist, Activist

Emily Quinn | Artist, Activist

Emily Quinn is an artist, author, and intersex activist. She received her BFA in Animation in 2012 and worked at Cartoon Network on the Emmy Award winning show, Adventure Time. While there she partnered with interACT and MTV to develop the first intersex main character in television history. She came out publicly as intersex in a PSA alongside the character’s debut, which launched her into the national spotlight as an intersex person. She has since been featured in an array of media, including Teen Vogue, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Vice, Huffington Post, PopSugar, and many more. Collectively, videos featuring Emily have accumulated over 10 million views.

In 2015 Emily shifted to full-time intersex activism work. Since then she has continued to raise awareness around the world about intersex issues. She has experience with a myriad of diverse audiences including the American Academy of Pediatrics, San Diego Comic-Con, Harvard University, GLAAD, South by Southwest, the Council of Europe, and, in 2018 she gave a TED talk.

Through vulnerability, storytelling, and way too many jokes about her balls, Emily strives to create a more welcoming world for people who don’t fit in a box. When not in front of an audience, you can find her working on various creative projects including a genderless puberty guidebook, her debut Young Adult novel, and her YouTube channel, intersexperiences. You can find her online at

Yolo Akili Robinson |   Executive Director and Founder , BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective)

Yolo Akili Robinson | Executive Director and Founder, BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective)

Yolo Akili Robinson is an award-winning writer, healing justice worker and the founder and executive director of BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective). BEAM is a national nonprofit that focuses on fostering mental health training, funding healing justice efforts, and developing leaders for the purpose of helping Black people nationwide heal. In 2018, Yolo was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Health Equity Award" for his work. In addition, Yolo is also the author of the social justice themed affirmation book Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation & Empowerment For All Of Us. His writings and work have appeared on Shondaland, Vice, B.E.T, Huffington Post, Cassius, Ebony, Everyday Feminisms and much more.

Domonic Rollins, Ph.D. |   Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Special Assistant to the Deans , Harvard Graduate School of Education

Domonic Rollins, Ph.D. | Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Special Assistant to the Deans, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Domonic Rollins is the senior diversity and inclusion officer and special assistant to the deans at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role, he provides leadership and vision for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at HGSE, in alignment with school-wide priorities. Rollins executes a broad range of strategic and tactical activities related to the identification, development, and delivery of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students, and staff. A hallmark of his work is translating big ideas about diversity and inclusion into practical solutions and considerations for organizations and interpersonal relationships. Prior to joining HGSE, Rollins was the senior education and training specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland–College Park, where his dissertation research investigated how black male administrators navigate racism in higher education. His current research focuses on issues of interpersonal dynamics across social identity differences, structural barriers to inclusive environments, social justice training in universities, and pathways to senior leadership for minoritized university administrators. He also focuses on communication and outreach beyond HGSE. He blogs regularly, speaks to audiences of higher education practitioners, and hosts the Usable Knowledge series “Walking the Talk,” which streams on Facebook and brings essential conversations about identity, equity, and inclusion to a broader audience of educators, parents, and students.

Sheehan Scarborough |   Director  of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard University

Sheehan Scarborough | Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard University

Sheehan Scarborough serves as the Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life. As Director, Sheehan oversees the work of the Office and is responsible for developing the strategic vision for supporting BGLTQ students at Harvard College. In addition, Sheehan represents BGLTQ student views to the administration and works to enhance the College community's awareness of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender issues. He also contributes to the broader programming and policy work around equity, diversity, and inclusion at the College.

Sheehan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. His academic focus included religion and sexuality, pastoral care and counseling, and Biblical studies. As a Divinity School student, Sheehan worked as a seminarian at The Memorial Church, where he co-founded the 'Faith and Sexuality Initiative,' a program that offered students the opportunity to explore the intersection of religion and gender/sexual identity. Finally, Sheehan hosts the largest collection of graphic novels in Harvard Yard, and he enjoys the occasional game of squash.

Moises Serrano |   Activist, Filmaker , Forbidden Documentary

Moises Serrano | Activist, Filmaker, Forbidden Documentary

Moises Serrano is an openly undocumented and queer activist and storyteller. Since coming out as undocumented in 2010 he has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his narrative. His mission is to de-criminalize and humanize the issue of migration while advocating for immediate relief to migrant communities. Moises quickly became one of the most requested speakers in the state of North Carolina. Described as a "consummate orator," his advocacy has led him to lead a Tedx talk and be named a notable Latino of North Carolina. Moises' advocacy has been filmed in the feature length documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America. Forbidden has since premiered on LogoTv and reached 51 million American households. In May of 2018, the five-time award winning film was honored by the Television Academy. Forbidden was one of seven programs honored for creating awareness, enlightening, educating and/or positively motivating audiences. In that same year, Moises was named one of Logo’s Top 30 activists and influencers. Today, Moises continues to fight back hate the only way he knows how: by sharing his story.

Jenny Siegel, MD |   Medical Director , Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Jenny Siegel, MD | Medical Director, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery

Jenny Siegel, MD is Medical Director for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS) at Boston Medical Center as well as Associate Program Director for the Boston Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program where she runs the Urban Health and Health Equity training pathway. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and chief residency at UCSF through the San Francisco General Primary Care Internal Medicine track. She has been recognized as a clinician educator with multiple local and regional teaching awards and has developed curricula on topics including health equity/social determinants of health, LGBTQ health, addiction medicine, ambulatory care, and health advocacy.

Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH |   Chair, Department of Medicine , Mount Auburn Hospital;  Charles S. Davidson Professor , Harvard Medical School

Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH | Chair, Department of Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital; Charles S. Davidson Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Valerie Stone is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Mount Auburn Hospital and the Charles S. Davidson Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to overseeing the clinical activities of the Department, Dr. Stone provides leadership to the Department’s educational endeavors, including those for Harvard medical students and Mount Auburn’s medicine residency program. She is a clinically active primary care and HIV/AIDS physician and educator. Prior to her assuming her leadership role at Mount Auburn Hospital in 2014, Dr. Stone spent most of her career at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she was for many years the Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program and Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Stone also served as the Director of the MGH Women’s HIV/AIDS Program for many years. Dr. Stone is a nationally recognized expert on HIV/AIDS, and is the author of numerous publications about HIV/AIDS care and policy, including the book, HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Her research focuses on disparities in HIV/AIDS care by race/ethnicity and gender, and strategies for optimizing the care of the diverse patients living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Stone served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts from 2003-2009. Dr. Stone has received many awards for her contributions, including in 2010 receiving AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts’ Heroes in Action Award and being named to POZ Magazine’s list of those who have contributed the most to HIV/AIDS care and prevention. In 2017, Dr. Stone received the Community Hero Award from Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and she was named to Boston Business Journal’s list of the 50 most influential health care leaders of color.

Brian T. Tolleson |   Interim CEO , National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Brian T. Tolleson | Interim CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Brian Tolleson is currently The Interim CEO at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and still a partner at Lexicon Strategies and digital content studio, BARK BARK, leading public affairs and advertising campaigns for brands like Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, P&G, Clorox, Unilever and hundreds more. Prior to this, Brian worked in Los Angeles and New York at Viacom/MTV Networks, Sony/Columbia Pictures and CAA.

Brian is also no stranger to being a civil and human rights activist, and has played a key role in defeating Religious Liberty bills in Georgia. He also, along with an incredibly small team, lead the creative pitch, creation of the brand, the brand strategy and successful greenlight and launch of MTV Network's, Logo, the first-ever 24/7/365 media brand for LGBT Americans and later co-created and sold the first-ever YouTube channel for an LGBT audience funded in part by Google Labs. Brian has been involved with NCCHR since it’s earliest days, and has served on its Board for the last several years. He is also the founder of The LGBTQ Institute at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights four years ago.

Sean Saifa Wall |   Co-Founder,  Intersex Justice Project

Sean Saifa Wall | Co-Founder, Intersex Justice Project

Sean Saifa Wall is an intersex activist, collage artist, writer, and public health researcher. Born and raised in the Bronx, he attended Williams College and after a short stint in New York City, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he lived for nine years. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his dog, Justice. He is the former board president of InterACT, a legal advocacy organization protecting the human rights of intersex young adults and is a co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project (IJP), a project whose mission is to #endintersexsurgery.

Saifa has been published in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Untold Stories: Life, Love and Reproduction, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics journal and The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Healthcare. He has been featured in the documentary, One in 2000, is a TEDx speaker, and has been a guest on Huffington Post Live and ABC News Nightline.

You can learn more about him as well as the documentary he is making about his father called Letters to an Unborn Son at

Kamille Washington |   President , Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus;  Administrative Director , Faculty of Arts and Sciences International Affairs, Harvard University

Kamille Washington | President, Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus; Administrative Director, Faculty of Arts and Sciences International Affairs, Harvard University

Kamille Washington is the Administrative Director for FAS International Affairs at Harvard University. In that role, she handles numerous partnerships and negotiations with foreign governments, foundations, and universities to develop new resources and collaborations for members of the FAS community. She is especially interested in creating financially accessible international opportunities for undergraduates. Kamille is also is one half of the Unfriendly Black Hotties, a podcast about the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in higher education, pop culture, and politics. She is an occasional essayist with special interests in food, traveling while Other, and queer narratives. She is the current president of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, Harvard University's LGBTQIA+ alumni organization.

Andrew An Westover |   Ph.D. Candidate , Harvard University

Andrew An Westover | Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University

Andrew An Westover is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at Harvard University. An ethicist who focuses on teacher-student relationships, Andrew's interdisciplinary research draws, in part, from over a decade of advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in cultural spaces. His work is supported by fellowships at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and GSAS Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs. 

Andrew regularly consults with cultural institutions and school districts on building and evaluating educational strategies. He also speaks and leads workshops on ethics, sexuality, and gender diversity for museums and libraries, colleges and universities, and faith communities. Prior to Harvard, Andrew held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, among other museums. He is a former Fulbright ETA Scholar (South Africa) and holds Master's degrees in education and religion.

Julie Wilensky |   Senior Staff Attorney , National Center for Lesbian Rights

Julie Wilensky | Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Julie Wilensky is a senior staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where she focuses on litigation to ensure the equal rights of LGBTQ people. Before joining NCLR, Julie was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara in the Social Justice & Impact Litigation section. Previously, she was a shareholder at an employment and civil rights law firm in Oakland. Julie clerked for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated from Yale Law School and Yale College. In 2018, Julie received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award. She has also been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 and Top Women Lawyers, and named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Lakesha N. Williams, M.D., M.S.  |  Resident Physician , Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance

Lakesha N. Williams, M.D., M.S. | Resident Physician, Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance

Kesha Williams is a second year resident and rising chief resident at Cambridge Health Alliance Family Medicine Residency.  Originally from South Carolina, her journey to medicine carried her through an unconventional yet inspiring path and left her with the impression that no one’s right now should dictate the extent of their later.  Her journey sparked a passion for mentorship, advocacy, humanism, and most importantly, action, which for years as an educator she used to help underrepresented and socioeconomically marginalized youth find their potential to thrive in STEM.  Today as a resident physician, she continues to allow those passions to emanate from her core and drive her actions as she works to increase access to ALL INCLUSIVE training and care in the primary care setting.   She believes no human being should be deterred from seeking routine health care or life saving therapy for fear of alienation regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or any other basis.  She brings a unique perspective to the question of “What does a doctor look like?” and embraces that uniqueness as she works to play her part in advancing the delivery of high-quality, equitable, health care.