Abeni is a multiracial trans lesbian artist, graphic designer, writer, and educator based in San Francisco, CA. This will be her third A-Camp and second year as the camp C.U.T.I.E.! She enjoys reading, rock climbing, cycling, and nerdy stuff like video games. She was so blessed to be CUTIE last year at A-Camp, and is excited to make this year’s camp even more trans-inclusive and affirming!
Mackenzie Macdade, QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director
Mac is a glitter loving pusher of buttons, a queer woman of color, teaching artist, feminist, poet and general rabble rouser. She got her start in feminism from a book of feminist nursery rhymes when she was 6, and her start in pop culture analysis from 9 years of homeschooling (translation: 9 years of TV and movie watching). A firm believer in queering the collective consciousness, she strives to inspire people to redesign their idea of normal and step out of their comfort zone. She takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein, Angela Davis, Faith Lehane, Audre Lorde and bell hooks. Her words to live by are: "Have no filter, give no fucks." Someone once described her as "The love child of Angela Davis and Ru-Paul." She thinks that just about sums it up.
“Shred like Lita, swag like Joan.”
Alyssa Andrews, Accessibility Co-Coordinator
Alyssa is a tiny thirty-something hanky-in-the-pocket cartoonist weirdo constantly working to evolve their art processes and communicate new ideas. They spent the majority of their young life sketching in hospitals, and experienced their first heartbreak at age 8 during game 6 of the '96 NBA championships.
Lex, Accessibility Co-Coordinator
Alexis (sometimes Lex) is hyped as hell to return to A-Camp for their second year and first time as Access Coordinator. From the East Coast, they've worked with Autostraddle for a little under two years. They spend most of their time trying to help pets and their parents and almost all of their time in fictional worlds. They wanna do and be several things at once and will accomplish this feat cause ya bitch contains multitudes.
"I am someone who did not die when they should've died. / When you have a problem you come home, you don't go off and make problems worse on your own. / When grief takes a hold of you, you monster through it. /ART WILL NOT DESTROY YOU, IT WILL SAVE YOU. / We will fail each other. What matters is what we do next. / No, my dear, no reason to forget we belong to one another." ~Anne Carson/Lin Manuel-Miranda/Rachel McKibbens/Chuck Wendig/Claudia Rankine/my best friend, K
Carmen Phillips, QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director
Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle’s Associate Editor. She has a PhD in American Studies from New York University. As a writer, Carmen focuses on pop culture, feminism, and racial justice. As a QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director, she hopes to create a fun and welcoming space or people of color at A-Camp. She’s a proud black Puerto Rican femme who can’t wait for her very first A-Camp! Oh and she’ll drop everything – literally everything – to talk about Beyoncé. Don’t believe her? Just try it and see.
"I love myself when I am laughing." – Zora Neale Hurston