Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres presenter bios

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán


Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is the author of two forthcoming collections, Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking (New American Press) and South Bronx Breathing Lessons (Palabrera Press); and editor of the Fall 2010 international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought—the first global queer Indigenous collection, with over 90 contributors from around the world. His poetry and nonfiction appear in 180 publications in 21 nations, including Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. An activist, organizer, and educator since he was a teenager in New York and California, he is currently completing Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, All My Roots Need Rain: mixed-blood poetry & prose and Heart of the Nation: Indigenous Womanisms, Queer People of Color, and Native Sovereignties. This summer he will be leading a 6-week workshop, “Manuscripting: Building the Book,” at Poets House in New York City.


Ceyenne Doroshow

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Ceyenne Doroshow was raised in Brooklyn and fought very hard for her day-to-day survival as a transgender girl. Escaping into the kitchen and learning how to cook became a source of power for Ceyenne, and to this day she uses food to bring people together and get over their differences. Now a grown lady, she has been blessed to be an advocate, caseworker, program coordinator, advisor, parent, grandparent, ex-escort, lover, and friend. She is the author of Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook, published by Red Umbrella Project in 2012, and is featured in the forthcoming feature documentary The Red Umbrella Diaries.

Imani Keith Henry


Imani Keith Henry is a longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and LGBTQ movements in the US.  He is an organizer with The Peoples Power Assembly, which helped to coordinate emergency day of/day after actions in NYC and nationally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.  He is also the founder of The Equality for Flatbush Project (E4F), which does grassroots anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the East Flatbush and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. His writing has appeared in several publications including the Lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press), Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries) and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, (World View Forum Publishing) and the newly released, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You,  (Against Equality Publishing). Under the brand, OD For the People, Imani is an Organizational Development Consultant and Diversity Trainer who provides change management services specifically for nonprofits and universities.  Imani has a Masters in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from The Wagner School of Public Service.  Imani has traveled to Ferguson, MO twice and most recently took part in a 36-person civil disobedience action in NYC on December 4th in response to the Eric Garner grand jury decision.


Rémy Huberdeau (inviteD)


Unfortunately, Rémy was not able to present during the conference.

Rémy Huberdeau is a documentary filmmaker who made Transgender Parents (2014), based on the short film Transforming Family (2011), which has played in festivals and universities around the world. His short film Au pays des esprits / Home of the Buffalo (2009) won “Best Canadian Film” at Inside Out LGBT Festival in 2011.  Rémy is into exploring the borderlands as it applies up here in northern North America (Turtle Island) in the dimensions of culture and micro-cultures, language and linguistic politics in the layers upon layers of dynamics in colonial communities. Rémy is also into exploring the borderlands in terms of Trans identities navigating the world today. Rémy is an artist, documentarian, editor and subtitler for mostly community-based video projects in Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and Labrador.


Andrea Jenkins


Andrea Jenkins is a Poet and Writer living and working in the Twin Cities. She is currently employed by the Minneapolis City Council as a Senior Policy Aide. As an African American, Out Transgender Woman she has faced her share of significant challenges, however she continues to move on with grace, dignity and pride. Andrea has worked on several causes to improve the lives of youngTG Women of Color, to help them realize that sex-work is not the only occupation they have to rely on. She was the Program Director for the All Gender Health Seminars hosted by the Program In Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota, and serves on the board of Out Front, MN. Nationally, she was grant panelist for the Out Fund at the Funding Exchange in New York City. And served as an consultant for the first ever Transgender Consultation at the Centers For Disease Control in 2005. Andrea’s work has appeared in several publications, journals and websites; including The International Journal of Transgenderism, Hayworth Press. She has performed with Leslie Feinberg, Kate Bornstien and Minnie Bruce Pratt to name a few. Andrea has obtained a B.A. in Human Services, a M.S. in Community Economic Development and an MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University.


Yasmeen Persad

Yasmeen Persad

Yasmeen Persad is a trans woman of colour who works at the 519 Community Centre as an education and training facilitator. She has over 10 years experience in working with the social service sector, offering training around trans accessibility and awareness. She has worked with trans youth, HIV positive women and many other diverse populations around support and access. She is a contributor to the anthology, Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader.


C. Riley Snorton


C. Riley Snorton is an assistant professor of Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and has received fellowships from Harvard University and Pomona College. Snorton’s first book, Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), traces the emergence and circulation of the down low in news and popular culture. He has published several articles on black queer and trans cultural production and politics. Snorton is currently working on a second book project, tentatively titled, Black on Both Sides: Race and the Remaking of Trans History, which examines the transitive relationship between blackness and transness across the long twentieth century.

Syrus Marcus Ware


Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, activist, curator and educator. He is the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program.  As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the Art Gallery of Windsor, The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and The Gladstone Hotel. Syrus’ recent curatorial projects include The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013), That’s So Gay: On the Edge (Gladstone Hotel, 2014) and Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014). He is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza as part of Mayworks 2014.  Syrus is part of Blackness Yes! and produces Blockorama at Pride and other related events throughout the year.  For the past 15 years, Syrus has hosted the weekly radio segment, “Resistance on the Sound Dial” on CIUT 89.5FM. Syrus was voted “Best Queer Activist” by NOW Magazine (2005) and was awarded the Steinert and Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership and activism (2012). Syrus is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


Saylesh Wesley

Saylesh Wesley

Saylesh Wesley is Stó:lõ on her mother’s side (Fraser Valley, southwest BC) and Tsimshian (northwest coast of BC) on her father’s. She has completed both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Education at UBC. As a two-spirited indigenous educator, she wishes to further contribute to the budding field of Queer Indigenous Theory. Her autobiographical paper, “Twin Spirited Woman: Sts’iyóye Smestíyexw Slhá:li” published in Transgender Studies Quarterly, is centered around a Stó:lõ worldview regarding her experience as a m2f woman and offers the first Coast Salish voice in this critical field. Her other interests as a transgendered woman include the privileges of ‘beauty’ and ‘passability’, tranny-chasing heterosexual men and objectivity / subjectivity, feminist and transgender intersectionality (male privilege), racism, classism and discrimination within the queer community, and the problematics of the “two-spirit” concept.



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