Speaker's Bureau

The Speaker's Bureau is a collection of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC), and other marginalized groups (e.g. undocumented, formerly incarcerated, etc.) who are available to speak about their experiences, give talks, join panels, inform initiatives, etc. They can participate via virtual platforms, and in some circumstances can be available in person. 

 

You can contact the individuals directly to discuss details, availability, and to determine the amount of the honorarium* to be paid to the speaker.  

* It is important to normalize paying QTPOC for their time, service, and vital contributions instead of asking them to perform emotional labor for free.

Ajani Walden

he/him/his

 Connecticut

Ajani Walden, who often goes by "AJ" is a queer, Black, transgender rights advocate. A New York native who now resides in Connecticut, Ajani has spent a lot of time mentoring and advocating for queer and trans youth of color.  

His passion and motivation for helping marginalized youth stems from being a former foster youth himself, from the ages of 13 to 18 years old. Since he didn’t have any advocates who represented him as a queer, trans youth of color, he has resolved to be an advocate, ally, and a voice for LGBTQ youth. He is in the process of starting a mentoring initiative for transgender youth. “I believe that LGBT youth should be able to see themselves in their advocates. Representation matters. I just want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I want a trans kid to look at me & see my scars and know he can survive because that’s what scars are…a sign of survival”. AJ is currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a writer, artist & lover of technology.

To request AJ as a speaker, email him at ajaniwalden@gmail.com

Speaker's Bureau

The Speaker's Bureau is a collection of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC), and other marginalized groups (e.g. undocumented, formerly incarcerated, etc.) who are available to speak about their experiences, give talks, join panels, inform initiatives, etc. They can participate via virtual platforms, and in some circumstances can be available in person. 

 

You can contact the individuals directly to discuss details, availability, and to determine the amount of the honorarium* to be paid to the speaker.  

* It is important to normalize paying QTPOC for their time, service, and vital contributions instead of asking them to perform emotional labor for free.

Ajani Walden

he/him/his

 Connecticut

Ajani Walden, who often goes by "AJ" is a queer, Black, trans-gender rights advocate. A New York native who now resides in Connecticut, Ajani has spent a lot of time mentoring and advocating for queer and trans youth of color.  

His passion and motivation for helping marginalized youth stems from being a former foster youth himself, from the ages of 13 to 18 years old. Since he didn’t have any advocates who represented him as a queer, trans youth of color, he has resolved to be an advocate, ally, and a voice for LGBTQ youth. He is in the process of starting a mentoring initiative for transgender youth. “I believe that LGBT youth should be able to see themselves in their advocates. Representation matters. I just want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I want a trans kid to look at me & see my scars and know he can survive because that’s what scars are…a sign of survival”. AJ is currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a writer, artist & lover of technology.

To request AJ as a speaker, email him at ajaniwalden@gmail.com

Gillian Omotoso

she/her/hers

Ocean, NJ

 

My life is one of many metamorphoses and many chapters bundled into a short near-24-year span. I’ve surprisingly found continuity in them though. Being that I was always very insightful, this exceptional journey has been a gift in the end, wizening as it can feel. I see a lot of hope for us, even amid the strife and amid the impasse points. I want to motivate BIPOC to see themselves as a part of this story, and for the general class of people to see them as just alongside them in a different way. And I want to bridge the ideological gaps in our society through asking the hard questions, and giving thorougher, organic answers, ones that we can live by, because we can see. I am here to help, and here to uncover.

To request Gillian as a speaker, email her at gillianomotoso@gmail.com 

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