Protecting Intersex, Genderqueer, and other non-binary persons' right to self identify
Doug, a straight cisgender ally, has spent the last couple of decades as a professional political consultant and public relations consultant. He also spent four years working as communications director for California State Assemblymember Jeff Gorell and has experience handling many different types of media. As the rare combination of a civil rights activist and a moderate Republican, Doug has worked with many diverse groups and broad topics, and he understands how to view issues from the perspective of the audience.
Sara Kelly Keenan is intersex, and like many people born intersex was unaware of this for most of her adult life because her parents and doctors agreed to keep it secret. Sara discovered she was intersex in 2012. She embraces her non-binary and intersex identity and wants to pave the way for other non-binary people to obtain a legally recognized gender marker. In September 2016 Sara became the first California resident and the second person in the U.S. to legally change their gender to non-binary. In December 2016 New York City issued her the first birth certificate in the U.S. to read "intersex." An avid hiker and mountain climber, Sara is a retired paralegal who acts as IGRP's Community Education Coordinator as well as being on the advisory committee.
Carly Mitchell is a nonbinary genderqueer who works as an industrial designer, illustrator, writer, photographer, gardener, certified arborist and occasionally rescues cats stuck in trees. They currently live in Berkeley, California where they have the best of both city and country environments. They have spent much of their life, from childhood to adult, advocating for their right to exist with the same civil rights in society as anyone else. In 2014 Carly gave a TEDx Talk on their lived experience as a genderqueer. They spoke to the California Senate Committee in April 2017, lobbying with IGRP to help pass SB 179. Carly is currently focusing most of their energy on photography, video production, public speaking and personal storytelling as a vehicle for social change, but they are happiest on a bicycle in the city, hiking an unknown trail in the country, and laughing with others any chance they get to keep their fire burning.
Dee Shull is genderfluid, and came out in 2011 when they realized their sense of gender did not match the identity they had been assigned at birth. They received both a B.A. and an M.A. in Communication from California State University, East Bay, and did their thesis work on how non-binary individuals communicate their identity on the Internet in spaces they control. They advocated for non-binary rights both as a student and as faculty (teaching public speaking) at CSU East Bay and have volunteered for Gender Spectrum CSU East Bay Queer conferences. Dee is passionate about educating people about non-binary identities, and has spoken to college students on many occasions about their identity and experiences. Dee currently lives in the SF Bay area.
Kevin Sean Halle ("Sean"), a straight cisgender ally, is an entrepreneur and developer with extensive experience in writing grants and fellowship proposals for both non-profit and for-profit projects. Sean is a computer science researcher in Parallelism and Machine Learning. Sean has founded startups based on parallel processor architectures of his own design, and is currently founding another corporation based on an ultra dense high performance micro-architecture.
Rebecca "Bexy" Adams (no relation to Toby or Jean) loves living in San Francisco and thrives with all the empowerment of self expression and freedom in the Bay Area. Concerned that our freedoms will be challenged in the coming months and years, Rebecca is inspired to contribute to an organization that is helping people express who they are - legally and otherwise. Rebecca identifies as a genderqueer fierce femme. She feels safe and honored in her own skin, and strives to help everyone achieve that as well.
Addison Rose Vincent (they/them pronouns) is a 24-year-old Canadian, unapologetically transfeminine genderqueer, and a LGBTQIA+ activist from Southern California. They are the Lead Advocate for Pride United, a program in Van Nuys dedicated to LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. Addison also serves as the Youth Member of the Los Angeles Trans Advisory Council, the Co-Founder and Referral Services Director of TransHaven LA, a HuffPost Queer Voices contributor, a member of the Trans Right to Healthcare at St. John's Well Child & Family, a Brand Ambassador for APAIT's "Status is Sexy" HIV Awareness campaign, and a candidate for first ever title of Mx. Gay Pride LA 2017.
Toby Adams practices law in Northern California with a focus on helping non-profit organizations, alternative families, and people with disabilities. Toby received her M.B.A from San Jose State University and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law. Toby has been a leader in LGBTQI rights for over a decade, serving in various intern and volunteer capacities with Equality California, Marriage Equality USA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, Transgender Law Center, and South Bay Bisexual Organizers and Activists. Toby identifies as a bisexual, bipolar, cisgender woman, wife, and mother. The most important things in her life are her wife, Jean (who happens to be genderqueer), and their very special daughter, Kalen.
Jean Adams is a genderqueer, bisexual native Californian with a BA in English from San Jose State University. She has been a Technical Writer, a Field Organizer, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Membership Director, and a PC Technician. Pastimes she enjoys are playing soccer, hiking, walking her dog, going to the beach, watching movies, and playing board/card games. Volunteer activities have included coaching soccer for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and CYSA (California Youth Soccer Association), acting as president of the South Bay Bisexual Organizers and Activists, serving as Sacramento chapter contact for COLAGE, and volunteering as a PC Tech for The Enable Network, to name just a few. Jean currently lives in the SF Bay Area with her wife Toby and daughter Kalen.