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June 15, 2013 | API Trans/GNC Voices Panel

Trans* and gender nonconforming API (Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian) individuals’ experiences are often not seen within mainstream LGBTQ or API spaces.   Panelists will discuss experiences including: family acceptance/ coming out, ideas and process of transition, how experiences as a Trans/ GNC person intersects with API and other intersecting identities.


Pennsylvania Convention Center

First Presenter
Kay Ulanday Barrett
A Campus Pride 2009 Hot List artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett 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 featured in colleges and stages globally; Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, The Brooklyn Museum. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels for The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Res Artis. Honors include: Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award and contributions in Kicked Out Anthology, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology. K. turns art into action, dedicated to remixing recipes. See K. online on twitter @kulandaybarrett.
Second Presenter
Emi Koyama
Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is currently the director of Intersex Initiative. Emi lives in Portland, Oregon and is putting the emi back in feminism since 1975.
Third Presenter
Sabelo Narasimhan
Sabelo Narasimhan is a trans/queer, South Asian immigrant photographer and community organizer. With a Masters in Public Administration, specializing in International Policy at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Sabelo’s research areas included migration, social policy, and LGBT policy. Prior to NYU, Sabelo worked with youth leadership development, arts & media activism projects, and freelanced as an urban documentary photographer and filmmaker. Sabelo has also worked as a community organizer with many local organizations on various campaigns around immigration, youth political education, state and police violence and community safety alternatives.
Fourth Presenter
Van Nguyen
Raised and rooted in Philadelphia, Van is a genderqueer Vietnamese-American teacher, activist, performer, and outspoken community member. She is an active member of hotpot!, and the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Kids Camp program with experience in facilitation and community organizing. hotpot! has been her home for the past few years and the organization is instrumental in shaping her continuing work with improving the world with each step.
Fifth Presenter
Elakshi Kumar
Elakshi Kumar is a PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Transplanted from New Delhi, India, he’s been unsettled in Minneapolis for the last few years, working on his dissertation, titled “Apprehending Female Masculinity: Globalization and Gender Non-conformity in India”. His research critically examines the queer social movement in India through the lens of the in/visibility of female masculinity. He is passionate about studying and creating space for gender-nonconforming people, while being mindful of “at what or whose cost?” Elakshi is also an undergraduate instructor, organizer, an alumnus of the Brown Boi Project leadership retreat, and a compulsive lover of love.
June 14, 2013 | Trans Literary Salon @ Leeway Foundation

June 14, 2013 | Trans Literary Salon @ Leeway Foundation






In conjunction with the 2013 Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Leeway presents an open literary salon highlighting the work of inspiring trans literary artists from a diversity of genres including poetry, fiction, memoir, spoken word, and more! Hosted by Nico Amador, the salon will feature Timothy ColmanKay Ulanday BarrettRed Durkin, and Rachel K. Zall. Audience members are invited to bring work to share!

The salon will take place on Friday June 14 from 6:00pm-7:30 pm at the Leeway office (1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832)

Click here to RSVP.



Nico Amador

Nico is a Philadelphia-based organizer, facilitator, and writer. He has participated in campaigns against military recruitment, for alternatives to prisons and policing, and in support of human rights in Latin America. Recently he helped to lead a successful campaign for transgender rights on Philadelphia’s public transportation system. As a facilitator he has worked with groups such as National Youth Advocacy Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Leeway Foundation, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Energy Action Coalition, and Trans Justice Funding Project. Nico is currently a student in the Creative Writing Program at Community College of Philadelphia where he won the Judith Stark Award for his poetry and fiction in 2010 and 2011. He has published poetry inMiPOesiasAPIARY magazine, and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Chicano/Xicano Poetry.


Timothy Colman

Timothy is a writer, organizer, grassroots fundraiser, and retired astrologer. His short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have received the William Plumer Potter Award and the Judith Stark Prize, and have appeared in a number of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, including make/shiftTikkunAPIARYJournal of Aesthetics & Protest, and The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A longtime ‘zinester’, he was also featured in Zine Yearbook 9. Timothy lives in Philadelphia, where he works with the Philly Survivor Support Collective, Put People First! PA, and the Philadelphia Student Union.


Kay Ulanday Barrett

Kay 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. A 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree, Kay has been featured at colleges and on stages globally, including: Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musée Pour Rire in Montréal, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award and contributions in Poor MagazineKicked Out AnthologyWindy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coastmake/shift, and Filipino American Psychology. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes. Follow Kay on twitter @kulandaybarrett or visit


Red Durkin

Red is the managing editor of and one the most promising young queer comics in the country. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit, and was a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. She has written nine zines, was featured in the final issue of Punk Planet magazine and Topside Press’ The Collection: Short Fiction From the Transgender Vanguard. Her work on Youtube has reached over 100,000 views and appeared in classrooms and boardrooms nationwide. Her upcoming novel, Ready, Amy, Fire is scheduled to be published by Topside Press in summer 2013.


Rachel K. Zall 

Rachel is a poet, pornographer, performing artist, and activist living in Philadelphia in a house filled with strange felines and extraordinary hats. She has published two books of poetry—The Oxygen Catastrope: Selected Poems 1999-2006 and New Problems—and she is endlessly working on a third collection focused on the very specific theme of ‘trans lady stuff’. Her short story “The Visible Woman” was included in Tristan Taormino’s Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica and she is currently collaborating on a comic book with artist Christianne Benedict called The Exile & Happy Landing Of Natalie Ríos, which may be available in some form by the time you read these words. You should ask her about it. Her website is