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Ching-In Chen


Writer and community organizer Ching-In Chen works in Asian-American communities nationwide. She wrote “The Heart's Traffic,” co-edited “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities” and is a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow

Learn more about Ching-In Chen.


Jocelyn Wong

A San Francisco native, Jocelyn Wong proudly serves as the Director of Foundation Support for the ACLU of Northern California. She discovered a passion for activism and writing while studying Political Science and LGBIT Studies at the University of California, Riverside. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys working in the yard, reading about social justice, discovering new music, and watching football.



Pam Walton



Award-winning producer, director and lecturer Pam Walton’s films have screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the International Public Television Screening Conference and on PBS and LOGO.


She and Ruth Carranza run Pam Walton Productions, dedicated to truth, activism and challenging homophobia.


Learn more about Pam Walton.
Watch Pam Walton’s films on Netflix .


Shakina Nayfack


Theatre Director, Writer, and Performer Shakina Nayfack lives and works in New York City where she is the Founding Artistic Director of the Musical Theatre Factory (MTF). She is the first transgender recipient of a Lilly Award (named after playwright Lillian Hellman) recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women.




T. (Tania) Hammidi


Writer, educator and performer T. Hammidi is the founder of Queerture: Queerture + Couture, a space connecting those drawn to LGBTQ fashion and costuming.

T’s writing is in Curve, Bitch, Velvetpark and more. She currently teaches art and design at the California College of the Arts.

Learn more about T. Hammidi.
Learn more about Queerture.


Vincent Cervantes


Vincent Cervantes is a queer Chicano writer, speaker and activist.  After “reparative” therapy, he joined Soulforce and visited conservative campuses, challenging anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

Now a Harvard Divinity School grad student, he speaks out on shows such as “The Tyra Banks Show” and PBS’ “In The Life.”

Learn more about Vincent .
Learn more about his book, “Outspoken.”

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We salute alumni making a queer cultural impact today. Learn more about their select achievements and inspiring work.



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