In honor of Trans Awareness Week & the Trans Day of Remembrance, please join us for a panel discussion to bridge our understanding of the trans and non-binary communities.
Moderated by J Avilez. Panelists: SabriAnan Micha, KC Councilor, Tyrell Cooper, and Erycka Ortiz.
Panelist & Moderator Bios:
SabriAnan (they/he) is a Black, Oromo, Queer and Genderqueer Southerner. They are a lover, dreamer, life-long learner, and writer invested in Black joy, healing, pleasure, and liberation. They are currently living in Mississippi and finding joy in re-exploring their connection to home and family.
KC Councilor is a transgender cartoonist and assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Communication, Media, and Screen Studies Department. Through his art and scholarship, he details the complexities and joys of moving through the world as a trans and transitioning person, always moving toward gender liberation and away from oppression. His book, Between You and Me: Transitional Comics was published in 2019. You can see some of his work at www.kccouncilor.com.
Tyrell Cooper is a Black, non-binary, queer person (pronouns they/them/theirs) from Virginia. They have spent the last 9 years splitting time between academia and activism; each space crucial to the development of their personal and political views. Tyrell has done workshops and conferences around gender, sexuality, and race around the country. Currently, they are the founder of a Black queer space called “Baldwin’s 2nd Generation”.
My name is Erycka Ortiz. I’m 21 years old from Connecticut. I’m an artist, a writer, a singer, a lover, a daughter, a healer, an empath, an organizer, and all of the many infinites in between. I’m a Black Latinx visible Trans womxn. I spend my time re-imagining the world and what it looks like to heal and to love, outside of current created boxes