I have a strange body and am making that work for me. Other areas of interest include crossword puzzles, cuddling, squished-faced dogs, and what your Hogwarts house is.
On her role as the Accessibility Maven: It’s my job to make sure A-Camp is inclusive to campers all along the ability spectrum. Come to me if you need to arrange transportation around camp, are wondering where the rest area is, have questions about how to negotiate the site overall, need to make requests about seating during meals and events, or have any other access needs that may come up during your time here. As Autostraddle expands its conversation to include disabled voices, I want to make A-Camp into that rare event that builds access right in rather than treating it like an afterthought.
Mey Rude, Queen Trans
Mey is a bruja, a trans Latina, a lesbian, a Sagittarius, a proud Gryffindor and a comic book nerd. She writes about trans issues, all-ages media, witchcraft and queer representation and feminism in comics. She also speaks locally and nationally on trans issues and trans advocacy. She loves Scorpios and Slytherins and hates whales and (most) robots.
On her role as Queen Trans: Here at Autostraddle and here at A-Camp, we know that trans women are women and that it should go without saying that they belong in women’s spaces. But we also know that not everyone agrees and that not every women’s space is like this. So in order to make sure that we are prioritizing trans women in the best way possible, we’ve created the position of Queen Trans. As Queen Trans, it will be my royal duty to protect and serve all the trans women in my Queendom (A-Camp) and to make sure everyone else respects and affirms they’re right to be here. I know we’re being jokey about this, but believe me, we take this very seriously. Trans women are women and queer trans women are queer women. Transmisogyny does not belong here at all, and I will work day and night to keep it out of our space.
Yvonne Marquez, QTPOC Speakeasy Co-Director
Yvonne S. Marquez is a senior editor at Autostraddle and a Latina lesbian living in Dallas, Texas. She’s originally from a weird/wonderful place called the Rio Grande Valley, a region along the Texas-Mexico border. She studied magazine journalism in Austin and worked for a local gay & lesbian magazine for a while. She’s a true INFJ, Sagittarius and Ravenclaw, so basically she’s quiet and thinks a lot. In her spare time, she tries to read as many books by women of color as she can, hangs out with her gaggle of queer friends, and likes going for walks with her partner, Gloria, and dog named Tungi.
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.