Trans-Form the Occupation: Speakers/Performers Bios

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Noah -

Noah is a NYC-based attorney who specializes in transgender rights. He is frequently invited to speak on discrimination facing trans people. He is also trans.

 

Pauline Park -

Pauline Park (paulinepark.com) is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) (nyagra.com), a statewide transgender advocacy organization that she co-founded in 1998, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House (queenspridehouse.org), which she co-founded in 1997. Park also co-founded Iban/Queer Koreans of New York in 1997 and served as its coordinator from 1997 to 1999, as well as the Out People of Color Political Action Club (OutPOCPAC.org), the first political club by and for LGBT people of color in New York City, which she co-founded in 2001, serving as co-president of the club from 2007-2010. Park currently serves as vice-president of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (transgenderlegal.org).

Park named and helped create the Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY), a community organizing project established by TLDEF and NYAGRA to ensure that transgendered and gender non-conforming people can access health care in a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory manner. And as executive editor, she oversaw the creation and publication in July 2009 of the NYAGRA transgender health care provider directory, the first directory of transgender-sensitive health care providers in the New York City metropolitan area and the first directory of transgender-sensitive health care providers published in print format anywhere in the United States. Park led the campaign for passage of the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002 and served on the working group that helped to draft guidelines — adopted by the Commission on Human Rights in December 2004 — for implementation of the new statute. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a safe schools law enacted by the New York state legislature in 2010, and the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation enacted by that body, and she is a member of the statewide task force created to implement the statute. She also served on the steering committee of the coalition that secured enactment of the Dignity in All Schools Act by the New York City Council in September 2004. Park did her B.A. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Sc. in European Studies at the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana. She was the first student at any University of Illinois campus to win a Fulbright Fellowship for France.

Park has written widely on LGBT issues and has conducted transgender sensitivity training sessions for a wide range of organizations. In 2005, Park became the first openly transgendered grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. She was the subject of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman,” a 32-minute documentary about her life and work by documentarian Larry Tung that premiered at the New York LGBT Film Festival (NewFest) in 2008.

 

Gunner Scott -

Gunner Scott, Executive Director of The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (www.masstpc.org), is a nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on Transgender Rights, LGBT health issues, and LGBT partner abuse. He has written articles for What’s Up magazine, Sojourner Women’s Forum, “Agitate and Activate”, the introduction to Pinned Down by Pronouns, a 2003 Lambda Literary nominee anthology published by Conviction Books, and is a co-author on the study forthcoming article in the American Journal of Public Health entitled “Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results From a Household Probability Sample of Adults.”

In addition to political activism, in 2000, he founded Gender Crash Open Mic, which was Boston’s only specifically transgender inclusive ongoing event that ran until 2009 and also the community driven websites ButchDykeBoy.com (2000-2004) and later GenderCrash.com (2004-2009). Since then, Gunner has created queer/trans dance parties with DJ D’hana Perry and is the other half of the DJ collective “2 Trans Guys and iPod” with Tre’Andre Valentine. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed an oral history project titled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.” He has been advocating for the Transgender Equal Rights Bill in Massachusetts since 2007 and for a transgender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on the Federal level since 2001. Gunner has been involved with the Occupy Boston movement since it’s beginning in September and is part of the media working group, the arts commitee and recently coordinated an art show at Occupy Boston entitled, Undivided: Dewey Square Pop-up Art Show – Inspired by Occupy Boston/Occupy Wall St. You can find Gunner’s photos and writings onwww.gunnerscott.com and follow him on twitter @MrGunnerScott.

 

Mx Justin Vivian Bond -

Write up Source: (http://justinbond.com/?page_id=323)

Recently described as “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. V’s debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009.  Justin has won rave reviews for writing directing and starring in Christmas Spells (one of the top 5 theatrical experiences of 2009 -The New Yorker), Re:Galli Blonde (A Sissy Fix) at The Kitchen in New York City, the GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village and toured the UK culminating in a critically acclaimed run at London’s Soho Theatre (‘Justin Bond is a trans-atlantic cabaret messiah’ ***** Time Out London). In 2008 Mx Bond appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title roll of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies.

In 2007 v premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the Carpenter’s classic album Close To You performed in its entirety in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia and San Francisco’s fabled Castro Theater. In 2005 V’s show, Glamour Damage, had its world premiere at London’s Soho Theatre and was hailed by the Evening Standard as “A glittering walk on the wild side.” V regularly Emcees the performance series Weimar New York which has played in such varied locations as the SFMOMA, The Speigeltent, and Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York. As a featured vocalist on the London Readers Wifes’ single Nostalgia, v had a top 20 hit on the UK alternative chart. Mx Bond also toured internationally with the avant-garde noise/cabaret band Pantychrist. As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Justin Vivian has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and has starred in a Tony nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway (The Helen Hayes Theatre) and Off-Broadway Coup de Theatre (The Cherry Lane Theatre).

Kiki and Herb have released two cds Do You Hear What We Hear?Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall and a DVD Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory. Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell’s feature Shortbus, Charles Hermann-Wurmfeld’s Fancy’s Persuasion as well as Imaginary Heroes and Jon Moritsugu’s Mod Fuck Explosion. Television appearances include Ugly Betty and Late Night With Conan O’Brian.

 

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