The Crew Andrew P Weston (xe/xem/xyr, they/them/theirs) is a queer activist from Minneapolis, MN. Xe has been working for transgender and gender-expansive equity since 2015. Currently, xe is in xyr 2nd year at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Xe is obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree titled: “Revolutionizing Gender: Creating, Revitalizing, and Sustaining Spaces for Change” as well as a minor in Spanish and a Paralegal Certificate. Xe centers xyr activism around intersectionality, community, empowerment, accountability, self-worth, integrity, intergenerationality, and education. Xe has been doing direct service work within xyr local trans community since 2015 and is excited to continue this work for years to come. Ash Farah (he/him/his) learned at a young age that it’s not always a great thing to be rare. He identifies as a Somali transgender man and was kicked out of his home at age 13 after his mother sent him to conversion therapy. But he’s come a long way from homeless teen- he’s studying premed on a full-ride leadership scholarship, and aims to become one of the few openly transgender surgeons in the country. He’s working with TIGERRS to help build the same kind of trans youth services that helped him. He credits the support of the LGBTQ community for being “the difference between being the kid that stepped in front of a truck versus being the kid that continues to speak up. I hope to be some other kid’s support too.” Ben Powers (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) is a nonbinary mental health counselor specializing in providing [everything]-affirming care to the Twin Cities queer community. He started his volunteer work with the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition’s Shot Clinic ten years ago, and has spent the past four years running trans youth programs including Gender Jam and GR8. Ben has spent the last three years working with Family Tree Clinic to provide sliding scale therapy and hormone/surgery care coordination using an informed consent model. In his work, Ben aims to empower clients towards bodily autonomy through personal exploration, education, and compassion. A lifetime nerd, Ben loves video games, board games, tabletop RPGs, technology, futurism, cosplay and reptiles of all varieties. He lives a simple, introverted, suburban life with his fantabulous spouse (Vanessa), his Ball Python (Anaxagoras of Clezomenae), and two French Bulldogs/Chucklenuts (Korben and JB). Billy Navarro Jr. (he/him/his) is a local mixed Puerto Rican, trans community organizer/teacher/youth worker/manny. He is the co-founder of the direct services of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalitions (MTHC) as well as the organization Trans, Intersex, Gender-Expansive Revolutionary Resources & Services (TIGERRS). He has been working for the community in multiple capacities for over twenty years. Billy currently works with trans youth of all ages, teaches the odd Art class, does trainings & workshops around the intersectionalities of gender, racism, transphobia, homophobia, class and culture, & he also runs his own small business. Cole Nicholls (she/her/hers) is a communist organizer based in South Minneapolis, and a student at Saint Paul College pursuing an Associate of Arts – Emphasis in History. When she’s not busy calling the shots at MTHC’s Shot Clinic on Thursdays or organizing protests with Students for a Democratic Society at UMN, you’ll find her practicing her guitar, reading about Ancient Roman history, or getting boba with her beloved life partner. Her personality has been described as “bubbly,” so do with that what you will. HaShem modeled Ly Baumgardt’s (it/it/its) spine after the Minnesotan highway system: circuitous, messy, poorly maintained and environmentally unfriendly. Then she did the same with Ly’s gender. It’s a Jewish trans communist activist focused on public schools, restorative justice and making sure “intersex” isn’t just thrown in there. It has a unique dramatic sigh for every occasion. Ly’s here to get this organization built right, help out with some direct services, listen to sad music, get this challah and evangelize 4th Curtis. Ty Gale (they/them/theirs) is a mixed-race gay trans musician, writer, communist, activist, hobbyist canine photographer and person with a perpetually cut tongue who has a lot of very strong opinions they won’t hesitate to tell you about regardless of the pain. They like good structure, accountability, makeup and sans serif fonts. Ty mostly does copywriting, administrative work and organizational development, but if someone needs help with something they’re probably working on that too. They also barely survived a legendary struggle with WordPress and GiveMN to get our online presence set up. They may never be the same again after those battles. Special thanks to Pacha Galaviz for designing our logo! Check out her Instagram or, better yet, call her at 612-361-1996 for her commission prices.