Edxie Betts | She/Her
Edxie Betts is a Black Pilipin@ BlackFoot Queer Trans Gender-Non-Conforming Anti-authoritarian Femme neuro-divergent, autonomous organizer, political cultural producer, and liberation artist. They often present and workshop at different schools and events throughout the kkkountry to raise awareness of their collective work, lived struggles, decolonial struggle, and the power of reclaiming collective consent. Their existing work consists of critical self-collective reflection, bringing support and attention to political prisoners, restorative mediation work, and emphasizing art as cultural production for the sake of inspiring healing, counter-narrative, oppositional alternatives, collective liberation through autonomous self-organizing, and direct action.
Influences: My mom, vibrations, Artist/Illustrator Leslie Janine Berry
PJ Gubatina Policarpio | He/Him
Policarpio is a community arts engager: a socially engaged artist, curator, programmer, and educator. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, archive, collaboration, curatorial, education, and public engagement as both art and tool. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, PJ is currently based in Corona, Queens.
Quote by someone you admire: I’ve always found solace in Zora Neale Hurston’s “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” but have been increasingly awakened by the urgency and accuracy of Audre Lorde’s “Your silence will not protect you.”
Influences: Kameelah Janan Rasheed + Adriel Luis + Kim Drew
Ashley Volion | She/Her
Ashley Volion is a queer disabled woman of Filipino and Cajun decent from Louisiana. First and foremost, she is a sister, aunt, daughter, grand-daughter, and friend. She is a poet, an activist, and an academic in her fourth year as a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Disability Studies. She was recently published in QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology and she was also a contributor to the Azolla Story. Her passions lie in fighting for home and community-based services to ensure that everyone has the right to live in the community with the appropriate supports, as well as the exploration of blogging as a tool of empowerment.
Quote: “Love and hardships come in waves. Savor the love and store it up to take you through the pain. Neither define you, but each adds to your story.” – Me
Marin Lido Watts | He/Him
Mar Pascual | They/Them
Mar Pascual is a Filipinx, non-binary, queer, traumatized, fat, femme inter-disciplinary artist living in Southern California. Their work explores themes that center decolonization, gender non-conformity and fluidity, intimacy, mental illness, and trauma. They received their BA in Art (Painting) from California State University, Northridge, where they helped start a zine collective with some fellow students. Since making their first zine in 2014, their work has appeared throughout CA, including Los Angeles and San Francisco zine fests, the Long Beach Queer Film Festival, and several QTPOC community events. Though they are experienced in several mediums, collage, illustration, and zine-making are their current practices. Their growing, ongoing series, tenderqueerthings, combines delicate confessions and cut paper craft and captures what it means to become (and un-become). They are the artist of the zines Goddex, Bloom: A Zine About Coming Into Femmeness, Three A.M., and Note to Self (And to You).
Kim Baglieri | She/They/Them
Photo by: Jess X. Chen
Kay Ulanday Barrett | They/He/K./Siya
A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, Kay Ulanday Barrett, aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. K. has been featured on colleges & stages globally: Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: 18 Million Rising Filipino American History Month Hero 2013, Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. Their contributions are found in RaceForward, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: LGBT Dispatches