SPEAKERS & WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
Lydia X. Z. Brown
Lydia X. Z. Brown (Autistic Hoya) is an activist, writer, and speaker whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. Among other identities and experiences, Lydia is genderqueer, autistic and otherwise disabled, and a transracially/transnationally adopted East Asian. At present, Lydia serves as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and board member of the Autism Women's Network. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color.
Lydia has been honored by the White House, the Washington Peace Center, the National Council on Independent Living, and the Disability Policy Consortium of Massachusetts. Lydia graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with a BA in Arabic. At Northeastern University School of Law, they co-founded the Disability Justice Caucus and have completed co-ops with the National LGBTQ Task Force and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. For more information visit: http://www.autistichoya.com/
NQAPIA - Family Acceptance
Facilitated by: Laurin Mayeno (Mayena Consulting, NQAPIA API Rainbow Parents)
Panelists: Sung Tse (PFLAG San Gabriel Valley, Korean American Rainbow Parents), Manjula Balakrishnan (NQAPIA API Rainbow Parents, PFLAG Bellevue), and Akshara Balakrishnan
Laurin Mayeno is a mixed race (Japanese/Jewish/Anglo) woman and mother of a gay, multiracial son. She works with communities and organizations to create inclusive, equitable, diverse spaces where everyone is valued and supported. Her work focuses on building support for gender diverse and LGBTQ young people and families in schools, preschools and other organizations that serve children and families. She is the author of One of a Kind Like Me/Único como yo, a picture book based on her son’s childhood. (mayenoconsulting.com)
Sung Tse is the mother to an almost 18-year old trans son. She is also Christian and feels that the Bible has been weaponized to harm LGBTQ people, especially to the youth in church. She is often told what a great mother she is to support and love her son to which she responds “I deserve no accolades for doing what a parent SHOULD be doing. The one deserving praise are our queer children who are trying to live authentic lives.”
She prays for the day when children like hers will not be afraid to share with their friends and family such a huge part of who they are.
Ingersoll Gender Center
Workshop Presenters: Sonny Nguyen & Karter Booher
By day, Sonny Nguyen is the Chinatown International District Public Safety Coordinator, working to push forward public safety solutions created by the community. By night, Sonny is usually sleeping.
They are also on the board of Ingersoll Gender Center and the Organizing Director of API Food Fight Club, a support network and organizing coalition of young Asian Pacific Islander American artists, activists, and community leaders. Sonny has presented on cultural masculinities, queer issues, spoken word poetry, and political organizing work across the country for over 10 years, but strongly believes Seattle is the best city in the world, with the CID being the best neighborhood in the world
Karter Booher is the Executive Director at the Ingersoll Gender Center. When not supporting trans and gender nonconforming communities you will most likely find Karter face-timing with their adorable niece, cooking for friends and family, listening to podcasts, supporting the Sounders with their partner or playing with their adorable pup, Dobby.
WORKSHOP: Trans API History
Miss Saigon Brown has been performing for about 10 years in the Seattle area. Her male counterpart, Truong Nguyen, can be seen performing all over the local Seattle area.
JACL National Youth/Student Council Presents: LGBTQ Immigrant History in the US
:Workshop Presenters: Julius Rodriguez & Sarah Baker
Julius Rodriguez is white. He marched in mass protests in East Germany as a 6-year old and made his first clever political joke at age 7. With a degree in Intersectional Feminist Studies, he currently works in the community college system, focusing on multicultural programming, legislative advocacy training for student governments, and qualitative research. As a first-generation LGBTQ immigrant, he has lived in both rural and urban America. His professional background includes construction, landscaping, technical translation services, and writing. He spends his free time doing improvisational dance, gardening, taking his cat for very slow walks, and visiting family in four parts of Germany.
Sarah E. Baker is president of the Seattle Chapter of the Seattle Chapter Japanese American Citizens League(JACL), the oldest and largest Asian-American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL has a long history of community engagement and has been working to bring together multiple community groups to facilitate learning and support for individuals within the Asian-Pacific Islander and LGBTQ communities. Sarah Also serves on the JACL National Youth/Student Council. She works by day at a law firm in downtown Seattle and fights for civil rights and social justice by night. Sarah loves cats and dancing.
Masa Kawamura is a half Japanese transgender man, born in Germany, but raised in the U.S. for 27 years. Masa came out as trans in 2012 and began his transition that year. He has experience with hormones, surgery, and navigating the health system, as well as training others and hosting discussions and panels on these issues. He currently works as a Co-Director for Stonewall Youth in Olympia, WA and plans to stay there for as long as possible.
Interplay - The Soul Loves the Body
Workshop Presenter: Colleen Tani
Colleen "Coke" Tani is a queer Sansei writer, dancer, former therapist and current seminarian. She is devoted to communal reclaiming of the healing and generative life of Eros (the divine energy of sensory, creative and erotic life) within and amongst persons, and within and between systems and institutions. She has been teaching InterPlay(c) for ten years to various groups nationwide, and has most recently served as InterPlay's Liaison to Leaders of Color. For more info, visit coketani.com.
API Chaya - Immigrant Voices
Workshop Presenter: Priya Rai
Priya Rai is the Queer Network Program Coordinator at API Chaya, and is a queer, mixed race, chronically ill, prison abolitionist who is dreaming wildly and fighting to win. She is dedicated to building power in queer and immigrant communities by mobilizing against violence, and through finding transformative community-based solutions to harm. She believes in the inherent power of the people and our communities to create a world where no one is disposable.
NOOR - Islamophobia
Workshop Presenters: Saara Majid & J Mase III
Saara Majid, Co-founder of the LGBTQI Muslim group in Seattle named: Noor. They are also an artist, writer, and teller of corny jokes.
PFLAG of Seattle
Panel Presentation: Coming out as an adult
Workshop Presenters: Coke Tani and Xanne Sarka