Diamond Stylz is a Houston, Texas based Black transgender activist, most known for her role as the Principal Host of MARSHA's PLATE podcast, and her career as a media personality, pioneering transgender content on the Youtube platform since the platform's inception. Her work has been featured in ABC, The Root, The Advocate Magazine, Essence Magazine, Buzzfeed and more.
IG: @diamondstylz | Facebook: Diamond Stylz | Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast
Ian Harvie is originally from Maine, where he grew up and began his comedy career. Following his move to Los Angeles, Ian toured world-wide for years with Margaret Cho as her opening act. Ian then turned cross-country headliner and groundbreaking transgender comedian, playing clubs, theaters, and colleges around the US, Canada and Australia. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals: JUST FOR LAUGHS and the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL.
Ian made his acting debut as “Dale” in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV series TRANSPARENT on Amazon. He stars as "Bud" on the revival of WILL & GRACE, ”Michael” on the ABC soapy, nighttime drama, MISTRESSES, and as “Chris” on FREEFORM’s hilarious, millennial sitcom YOUNG AND HUNGRY.
Harvie debuted his comedy special MAY THE BEST COCK WIN (initially produced by NBCU’s digital comedy arm Seeso, now available to stream via Amazon Prime – the world’s first Transgender Comedy Special) and lead in the Broadway Play LOG CABIN by Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, Jordan Harrison, along with cast mate Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Harvie was named one of Variety’s 20 Trans and Non-Binary Actors to Watch of and was also bestowed with Equality Maine's Pioneer Award.
He was featured on COMEDY CENTRAL’s THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE, presented a TedTalk about gender titled “EVERYONE IS TRANS”, and he gives talks (and does standup) around the country at Universities, LGBTQ festivals, events and supporting organizations. Ian has been featured in publications such as Variety, People, Vice, NBC and beyond.
Harvie started a podcast titled HOW DID YO GET HERE about how to hang tough in showbiz when things are a bit of a rough go. He also returns to Maine annually to run COMEDY CAMP, a week-long adult summer camp for working comics, inspiring them to write new material and then perform it at the end of the week in the MAINE COMEDY FESTIVAL, which Ian also produces.
Harvie lives in Los Angeles with his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, and their two dogs Frank and Addy. They regularly foster the old busted pugs from Pug Nation Rescue LA.
TS Madison is a worldwide icon, most known for her work as a Media Mogul, Reality TV star, Actress and for being the "Queen of the Internet". Always going viral, she made international headlines and pop stardom with her recent collaboration with the most famous popstar in the world, Beyonce.
IG: @therealtsmadison | Twitter: @tsmadisonatl1 | Facebook: TS Madison
If Frank Ocean and Sade had a baby, ASTU would be it. Part retro soul, part nineties R&B pastiche, part New Wave-inspired synth-pop, ASTU’s music refuses to pledge allegiance to a single vibe. The Oakland-based singer/songwriter has the ability to find an easy, irresistible groove and turn it into an unhurried banger. The depth and complexity of her buttery alto on Patterns, her debut project, has garnered critical acclaim from Afropunk, Earmilk, KQED and more. The black, queer and gender expansive artist left life as a minister and found herself in R&B, expressing her sexuality, identity and life experience in her music. ALTARS - ASTU’s debut album - builds upon her 2018 EP (Patterns) taking us from cognizance of old systems of thought to the returning of self that comes only from looking within and into the dark, where the light is. From silky, slow jams to trip-hop-esque grooves, ASTU keeps us wanting more.
Variance Magazine describes her sound as "...kin to some of Solange’s recent material with the whispering confidence of Kelela..." while KQED raves, "...a particularly insightful and self-assured debut, sure to count as one of the Bay Area's most notable releases this year."
IG: @astu.music | Twitter: @astumaboo | astumusic.com
Mar Mendoza, a.k.a. DREAMS, is a Chicanx trans DJ, producer, and musician based in Oakland. They mix future R&B, club, reggaeton, hip hop, and more. In collaboration with Beauty Botanica, they run a queer events space and community hub called El Afters.
With a style that is as eccentric as it is welcoming, Dapper Dan Midas a.k.a. DDm is one of the most idiosyncratic new voices in entertainment. The Baltimore native made his name in the local rap scene establishing himself as a premier live act and songwriter.
He has played shows nationally alongside the likes of Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Beach House, and Big Freedia. DDm’s ‘Secretary Of Shade’ YouTube channel where he does live book readings and discusses politics and pop culture has over 21,000 subscribers to date. He has been featured on Netflix, BET, "The Hill" and is considered a rising star in music and pop culture commentary. He currently stars in the short film ‘F^¢k '€m R!ght B@¢k’ which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and Outfest.
IG: @dapperdanmidas | Twitter: @dapperdanmidas | TikTok: @dapperdanmidas
Dominique Morgan (she/her) is an international award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx
speaker. She is the Executive Director of The Okra Project, leading work across the country to
dismantle the systematic oppression impacting Black Trans and Gender Expansive people.
Partnering her lived experience of mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary
confinement) with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy- she utilizes her background in public health advocate power work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and
transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and develop an innovative theory she describes as the “gender to prison pipeline."
Ms. Morgan is 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient and the 2021 United States nominee for Ten Outstanding Young People in the World. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be available in 2023.
IG: @thedominiquemorgan | Twitter: @thedominiquem | www.dominiquemorgan.com
Born in the Bronx and based in Brooklyn, Jasmine Infiniti’s sound is a mesh of underground styles that New York City artists have long - shaped. Her DJ sets and original music oscillate between ballroom, hip - hop, house, industrial and techno; racing between fury and euphoria to create cathartic moments. While playing in just about every underground scene in North America - Jasmine put out releases with homegrown labels such as Club Chai and Molly House.
It wasn’t until pandemic times, when she self-released her hard techno opus "BXTCH SLÄP," that her sound truly took form. Starting as a bandcamp only release, it was re-issued on wax by acclaimed label Dark Entries and quickly sold out. Jasmine also founded New World Dysorder: a label, collective, and club series that has been running strong for over seven years. In late 2020 they released "WW1," an expansive compilation that showcased the dark corners of American club music. Jasmine Infiniti has been an integral part of modern North American club culture, and will continue spreading her message globally in the near future.
IG: @jasmine_infiniti | jasmineinfiniti.com | Soundcloud: jasmineinfiniti
Neverending Nina an eclectic, classically trained singer/songwriter who mixes various musical genres in expressing universal lessons on love, relationships and self-acceptance. Having working relationships with many reputable brands such as The Recording Academy, NAACP, and LA/NYC Pride orgs to name a few. She is making waves with her Debut EP project entitled PRESENT available everywhere to download! Neverending Nina a fierce fabulous force!
IG: @neverendingninanotes | FB: Nina Barkers
Neverending Nina on all streaming platforms
Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. Throughout her career, Raquel has held impactful positions likeDirector of Communications for The Ms. Foundation, executive editor of Out magazine and a national organizer for Transgender Law Center (TLC).
In 2018, she founded Black Trans Circles, a project of TLC, focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma and incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence. During her time at Out, she published the Trans Obituaries Project to highlight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color and developed a community-sourced 13-point framework to end the epidemic. This project won a GLAAD Media Award.
Raquel is a thought leader on gender, race, and intersectionality. She’s experienced in online publications, organizing marginalized communities for social change, non-profit media strategy, and public speaking while using digital activism as a major tool of resistance and liberation. Raquel is currently working on her debut memoir detailing her coming of identity and activism.
IG: @raquel_willis | Twitter: @raquelwillis_
RAVI ROUND THE WORLD
LGBTQI+ travel expert and YouTube content creator Ravi Roth is the host of multiple adventure series including ‘Ravi Round The World,’ ‘Ravi’s Road to Pride,’ and ‘The Gaycation Travel Show.’ Exploring over 34 countries and counting, and collaborating with such brands as Orbitz, AirBnb, ROAM Luggage, Alaska Airlines, HBOMax, Bailey’s, NYCGo, and TimeOut Market, Ravi captures authentic experiences and discovers the best local places to stay, play, eat, and explore within the Queer and not-so-Queer culture.
Named as Gaycities “Best Insta Traveler of 2019,” Metrosource’s “People We Love in 2020,” “Gay Travel.com nominee for Gay Travel Influencer of the Year in 2021”, and “nominee for “LGBTQIA+ Influencer of the Year” by American Influencer Awards 2021. Ravi is a sought-after lecturer on international Queer travel and has been a featured speaker at the New York Times’ Travel Show, Google, LGBT Week, Pac-12 Pride, Seeker App, Connect Thrive Summit, and Community Marketing Insights. Ravi's fun-loving personality and fabulous hosting style has been praised by such press outlets and organizations as Uproxx, GLAAD, Cheddar, People Magazine’s ‘Reality Check,’ USA Today, Huffington Post, Trip Advisor, Instinct Magazine, and OutFront Magazine.
As an actor, Ravi was in the closing company of Altar Boyz, the Broadway tours of Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Seussical, and most recently appeared in the world premiere of A Letter To Harvey Milk.
Ravi is represented by The Katz Company and Innovative Artists Agency.
Singer, songwriter, actress, essayist Nomi Ruiz became the first Puerto Rican trans woman to perform on prestigious stages worldwide after appearing on Hercules & Love Affair's debut album. She continued venturing into electronic music as Jessica 6, further solidifying her status as an international artist and released her solo album Jet Black in 2020.
She made her acting debut on Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy spin-off, Mayans MC, and starred in the feature Muay Thai Drama film Haymaker. Ruiz has also expanded her work as a writer, publishing intimate essays on gender, sex, sexuality, toxic masculinity and inclusivity in Jezebel, The Fader, The Advocate, Talkhouse and more.
IG: @nomiruiz | Twitter: @nomiruiz | TikTok: @daonlynomi
Trace Lysette is an actress, producer, and recording artist. The Lexington born, Dayton raised, New Yorker, hit the music scene in 2021 with her debut single "SMB (Self Made Bitch)," an anthem for transsexual women, and later collaborated with Chanel Jole’ and Cazwell on TASER IN MY TELFAR BAG. Her next single is due to be released at the end of summer.
IG: @tracelysette | Twitter: @tracelysette | TikTok: @tracelysette
Yves is best known as a singer/songwriter, Instagram star, musician, and model who is recognized for his tattoos and alternative style. He can often be seen modeling for different fashion and clothing lines including Pyer Moss and Reebok. He shares his photos with his over 250,000 Instagram followers. Yves’ smash hit, "Niggas Can be Gay," released in 2020, captivated audiences with a positive message around the stigma of Black artists being held as a monolith.
Yves has described his music as a blend of political pop and sad songs you can dance to. Yves is an advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth and encourages others to "do whatever the fuck you want, just don't hurt anybody."
IG: @the_yvesdropper | FB: Yves Mathieu East | TikTok: @the_yvesdropper
Annette Richmond is an award-winning content creator, writer and advocate. A globe trotter and goal digger, Richmond is the creator of the fat positive travel community Fat Girls Traveling and host of Fat Camp, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Fat Girls Guide. The Bay Area native got her start in the fashion industry and has used that experience to create a platform that is inspirational and aspirational for people living life in marginalized bodies. As a Digital Nomad she’s constantly on the move. After seven years and over twenty countries, Richmond hopes to continue to inspire fat people to see the world and be seen.
IG: @fromannettewithlove | IG: Fat Girls Traveling | www.fatgirlstraveling.com
Alysse Dalessandro is a queer plus size influencer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her social media, Ready to Stare, and corresponding blog, readytostare.com, focus on creating inclusive fashion, travel and lifestyle content. Whether it's wearing a crop top, zip lining through the rain forest or searching for LGBTQ+ friendly themed hotels, Alysse shows that if she can do it, so can you! Ready to Stare aims to be a place where plus size LGBTQ+ folks can feel seen while allies are welcomed to be informed and educated. NBC Out named Alysse one of their 2019 #Pride50 for her work as a contemporary change-maker, innovator and rising star in the LGBTQ community and GO Magazine honored Alysse one of their 100 Women We Love, Class of 2020. In 2022, Google named Alysse an "LGBTQ+ Creator Sparking Change and Inspiring Generations."
IG: @readytostare | Twitter: @readytostare | www.readytostare.com