Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists. V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011). Films include John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (2006), Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004) and Fanci's Persuasion (1995). Solo exhibitions of JVB's watercolors, sculptural installations and live art have been presented by Participant, Inc. (NYC, 2011, 2016), Art Market Provincetown (2014), and Vitrine (London, 2015). Albums include Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.
Blanche Wiesen Cook is a Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of the definitive biography of America's greatest first lady: Eleanor Roosevelt. The third and final volume was published in 2016: Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, (Viking) and completes the acclaimed series of Eleanor's "journey to greatness." The first two volumes remained on The New York Times best seller list for months and received numerous awards.
A provocative and engaging speaker on history, politics and women's issues; Professor Cook is deeply committed to the principle of greater dignity and security for all women and men. She was also Co-Founder of the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians, which was actively committed to maintaining the integrity of the Freedom of Information Act.
Caleb Orozco is an LGBT/Human Rights advocate, health educator and activist with two decades of experience in the human development sector. For the past seven years, he has worked primarily within the field of HIV and human rights as Executive Director and founding member of the United Belize Advocacy Movement. Through legislative analysis, litigation, and public education, he has worked tirelessly to advocate for a participatory and rights-based approach to health services for HIV affected and marginalized populations, and for the eradication of discriminatory laws that impact these communities in the Caribbean. He is the principal litigant in the Caleb Orozco v. The Attorney General of Belize constitutional challenge to Section 53 of the Criminal Code. Orozco is active at the hemispheric level in international and regional organizations, such as the UN and the OAS, to raise the standard of protection and human rights enforcement for LGBT populations. He is the author of articles and shadow reports, and does not accept no as a final answer in his relentless pursuit of justice.
Tracey "Africa" Norman is an American model who throughout her career has modeled and been photographed for such publications as Essence, Vogue Italia and Harper's Bazaar India. She was the face of Clairol’s 'Born Beautiful' Hair Color No. 512, Dark Auburn but when the truth about her being trans was exposed, her career as a model was essentially over. After New York Magazine’s fashion site "The Cut" wrote about her in 2015, Clairol reached out and in 2016 announced that Norman would become the face of their 'Nice 'n Easy Color As Real As You Are' campaign. Clairol stated that the company was “honored to bring back Tracey Norman as a woman who no longer has to hide her truth." AARP is working with Tracey Norman to highlight the challenges of ageism in the workplace.