MEET THE SUPERQUEEROES

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ALOK VAID-MENON

Alok (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, and educator. Their eclectic style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. They were recently the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. In 2017 they released their inaugural poetry chapbook, “Femme in Public.”. www.alokmenon.com

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CHRIS E. VARGAS

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist whose work uses humor and performance to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves. His films, including CRIMINAL QUEERS (2015, Translations 2017), have screen around the world. He is the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, an arts and hirstory institutional highlighting the contributions of trans arts to the cultural and political landscape. www.chrisvargas.com

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HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU

Kumu Hina is a kanaka maoli teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader in Hawai’i. She was the founding member of Kulia Na Mamo, a community organization established to improve the quality of life for māhūwahine (transgender women). She is the cultural director of Hālau Lōkahi, a school that uses Native Hawaiian culture, history, and education as tools for developing and empowering the next generation. She is the main subject of the documentary KUMU HINA, (Seattle Queer Film Festival 2014), which has screened all over the world. www.kumuhina.com

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KATE BORNSTEIN

Since 1989, non-binary trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein has—with humor and spunk—ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisioning of the gender system as we know it. Kate has written many influential books including “Gender Outlaw” and “My New Gender Workbook.” KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER, the documentary directed by Sam Feder, was the Closing Night film for Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festial in 2014. www.katebornstein.com

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LESLIE FEINBERG

Leslie Feinberg, who identified as anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, and a revolutionary community was an author and grassroots activist known in LGBTQ movements around the world. Hir impact on mss culture was primarily through hir debut novel in 1993, “Stone Butch Blues,” a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Feinberg died in 2014 and hir partner, Minnie Bruce Pratt, continues to maintain hir website where the novel can be downloaded as a PDF for free. www.lesliefeinberg.net

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MISS MAJOR GRIFFIN-GRACY

A veteran of the Stonewall Riots, former sex worker, and survivor of Attica State Prison, transgender elder and activist Miss Major has fought for over 40 years to create visibility and equity for trans women of color. She is fiercely committed to justice, which shows through her work as a HIV/AIDS treatment advocate, and leadership of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project. MAJOR!, the documentary directed by Annalise Ophelian, was Translations’ Opening Night Film in 2016! www.missmajor.net

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WILLY WILKINSON

Willy Wilkinson is an award-winning transgender writer and public health trainer/consultant on equal access for GBTQ populations. Willy’s memoir, “Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency,” (winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in transgender non-fiction) blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy. www.willywilkenson.com


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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hunter Rook is the foundeer of Rowfy Ferret Design. Rook trained with both a fine arts background and ten years of technical coding expertise. Rook is a real live human that lives in Oakland, California. www.rowdyferretdesign.com