FanFair
October 15-22, 2017 Provincetown, Massachusetts
   

Presenter Biographies

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Biographies from Years Past
You can read the biographies of presenters from recent years in the Participants' Guide for that year. These guides are in printer-friendly PDF format.
Every year, Fantasia Fair attracts some of the finest and most knowledgeable people in and out of the Transgender community.

Below are brief descriptions of each who is expected to attend the 2017 Fair. We encourage you to get to know these people and to attend as many of their presentations as you can. Presenter biographies are found also in the Participants' Guide, which is published in advance of the Fair each September.

Many of the presenters will offer their professional services during the Fair. To find out more, please check the Professionals At The Fair page.

Please check back soon for the latest additions to our programs.


Anonymous

Anonymous




Lauren Abern, MD

Lauren Abern, MD

Lauren Abern is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Somerville, MA.  She received her medical degree at the University of Miami and completed residency training at Abington Memorial Hospital.  She currently practices as a general OB/GYN that specializes lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender health. She also provides hormone therapy for transgender individuals.


Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Nick Adams is the Director of Transgender Media & Representation at GLAAD and previously served as GLAAD’s Director of Communications & Special Projects. He joined GLAAD staff in 1998 and has significantly contributed to the organization’s ongoing commitment to transgender visibility. In 1998 he created the transgender section of GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, which included best practices for reporting on the transgender community – standards that the Associated Press and The New York Times subsequently used to improve their own style guides. He has worked with dozens of television shows to help them create more realistic, multi-dimensional transgender characters, including: Degrassi which won a Peabody Award for its inclusion of a transgender teen; Glee, which worked with GLAAD to recruit a 200-person transgender choir; and The Bold and the Beautiful as it chose to disclose that one of its lead characters is a transgender woman. While researching and reporting the interview with Caitlyn Jenner, ABC looked to GLAAD as a valuable source of information on the issues affecting the transgender community, frequently tapping Adams' resources and expertise. ABC News also used GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, along with quotes from Adams, in materials created for ABCNews.com to accompany Diane Sawyer's interview. Adams has conducted trainings on how to fairly and accurately portray transgender people to high-level executives at Viacom Networks, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, and other networks. In 1999, Adams co-founded FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, a community-based organization dedicated to empowering transgender men, and since 2009 he has served on the board of Transforming Family, an organization for families with transgender and gender non-conforming children. Nick met his partner John at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2001 and they live in Los Angeles.


Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Robert C. Anderson launched PtownTours, ptowntours.com, an art and architecture walking-tour company of Provincetown, in 2009 but has been giving tours both domestically and internationally since the 1990's. Rob is a trained artist and designer, an historian of architecture, interior design, and art, and has traveled extensively for pleasure and research. In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, researching art and architecture. Rob continually volunteers as a docent for Boston By Foot, has led guided tours through the Walter Gropius House, and has taught at various colleges and universities in New England. He is presently teaching architectural history and interior design as a full-time faculty member at Endicott College, and is also working on his PhD work with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).


Dr. Eunice Avilés

Dr. Eunice Avilés

Dr. Eunice Avilés has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Gender Specialist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Avilés has been a featured guest on many television, radio and online media outlets, discussing gender identity issues and the results from her research study about the needs of the transgender community in Puerto Rico. Her interviews and presentations include an interview with the LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government about her research, work with the transgender community and involvement with Amnesty International. She has presented the results of her study and provided trainings on gender identity in the United States and abroad. Her private practice includes the evaluation and treatment of children, youth, and adults presenting with gender dysphoria. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions. She is the founder of Transcending Identities, an organization committed to improving the quality of life for transgender and gender non-binary individuals. Through her work Dr. Avilés has helped companies and organizations establish a respectful workplace, free of discrimination. Dr. Avilés is one of the founding organizers of the First Event Professional Training.


Jan Brown

Jan Brown

Jan is a proud transgender member of her local community who co-founded her local transgender support group, Mid-Hudson Transgender Association (MHVTA), in the Hudson River Valley of New York state. She's happily married. She has participated in and presented at many transgender events throughout the past including IFGE, SCC, Be-All, First Event, Liberty, Empire and Fantasia Fair. She was part of the Fantasia Fair committee for several years. She treasures her participation in the community.


Carrie Chandler, MD, Ph.D

Carrie Chandler, MD, Ph.D

Carrie Chandler, MD, Ph.D, is an LGBT health educator and activist who has lectured or led workshops on this subject for groups of physicians, medical students, community members and transgender people. Dr. Chandler practiced neurology for 30 years. She is board-certified in this field and published numerous articles in neurology, neuroscience and medical history. Dr. Chandler is an associate lecturer at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, who earned her graduate degrees at Duke University.


Flare

Flare

Hi! I am Flare, or Ryan if you must. I am a fairy who finally found my fairy name two years ago! I started knitting about 15 years ago in Los Angeles. I moved full time to Provincetown three years ago with my husband and two Dogs. I am so happy to be in a great town with great energy and amazing people.


Mary Beth Cooper

Mary Beth Cooper

Mary Beth Cooper has been long time Fair attendee, and more recently a member of the planning committee, serving as Advertising Director and Program Director during her tenure. She is also an experienced public speaker and performer, serving for the past several years as Follies Emcee. A one-time consort of Galactic president Zaphod Beeblebrox, Mary Beth is one hoopy frood who mixes the meanest Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster this side of Betelgeuse Seven, and always know where her towel is.


Jamie Dailey

Jamie Dailey

Jamie Dailey has been helping out in the trans community since the late 1990s. She was a presenter with Stonewall Speakers, and served on the board of directors for Connecticut Outreach Society, Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, and Real Life Experiences, Inc., Fantasia Fair's parent organization. Jamie is the current Executive Director of Fantasia Fair. A world-ranked martial artist, Jamie has trained in several martial arts including Taekwon-do, Modern Arnis, Tai Chi, and Krav Maga. She holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-do and operates a martial arts school.


Dallas Denny

Dallas Denny

Dallas Denny is a writer and activist who resides in northern New Jersey. She founded and was for many years the executive director of American Educational Gender Information Service (Now Gender Education & Advocacy) and editor of the journal Chrysalis. She was editor of Transgender Tapestry from 1998-2006. Dallas was Director of Fantasia Fair from 2001-2007 and has attended Fantasia Fair since 1991. She is the author of three books and many book chapters and magazine and journal articles. She is the recipient of the IFGE Trinity and Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Awards and Real Life Experience’s Transgender Pioneer Award and has been named to the Trans 100 list. Dallas worked for many years as an applied behavior analyst. Her website is dallasdenny.com.


Jessica Dubois

Jessica Dubois

Jessica Dubois is an experienced cosmetologist and Makeup Artist who has been working with the Transgender community in both coasts and internationally. Currently is working with filmmakers in the NYC area as a Makeup artist and also as an actor and performer.


Temperance DuWitt

Temperance DuWitt

As 2015 Fantasia Fair’s Miss Congeniality, this is her fifth Fantasia Fair and is very honored and privileged to be asked once again, to co-host this years’ Fashion Show! A native Washingtonian, she currently holds two college degrees in music as well as two college degrees in computer science. At present, she resides near Rehoboth Beach, DE, but frequently travels to and from the Washington, DC area. Temperance’s taste in attire could be classified at best, to be eclectic, as, on more than one occasion, she has been observed dashing around Provincetown in some type of remarkable regalia. Her favorite type of dress is Victorian Gothic, particularly the Ball Gowns of the era, but is also partial to the Civil War era dresses. 2015 was a monumental year for Temperance. During that memorable year, she had two articles published in the TransGen Times – “Snap,” and “Yes, Ma’am.” And, she was also a featured model in TransLiving Magazine issues #47 and #51. This year (2017), she was once again a featured model in TransLiving Magazine issue #56. Temperance is delighted to know all of the wonderful women she has met at Fantasia Fair over the years and is honored to call many of them her friends.


Lorelei Erisis

Lorelei Erisis

The entirely fabulous Lorelei Erisis is many things to many people. She has been an activist, adventurer, writer, performer, actor, improviser, storyteller, politician, sex worker, soda jerk, cage dancer, stage manager, a waitress, a punk, a goth, a club kid, a dandy and a bona-fide pageant queen. Lorelei was born in Northampton, raised on Cape Cod and returned to Massachusetts by way of Chicago, Los Angeles and points along the way. She is proudly trans, bi, poly, kinky and queer. Currently Lorelei serves as President of the board of directors for Transcending Boundaries Inc. and was co-chair of the 2015 Transcending Boundaries Conference. An annual weekend long conference focusing on Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities, the intersectionalities between them, and building communities among them. She was also, much to her own surprise, the very first and still most famous Miss Trans New England (2009). For which accomplishment she has acquired a tiara, two crowns and three sashes that she keeps in a Kermit The Frog lunch box in case she starts to take herself too seriously. For the past six years Lorelei has written a popular monthly advice and opinion column called, “Ask A Trans Woman” for The Rainbow Times newspaper. Prior to her life as an activist pageant queen, she studied improvisational acting and sketch comedy at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, performing in a great number of sketch and improv shows at their theatre in L.A.. While in Los Angeles, she directed and performed with perhaps the first, certainly one of the only, all trans improv groups, “The Fully Functional Players”! For the past several years she has often worked with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and other organizations to help improve the lives of trans and gender variant people through advocacy, outreach and legislative protections. Helping to pass historic civil rights legislation and raising awareness of trans issues both in Massachusetts and far beyond. Additionally, Lorelei was a founding board member of the first fully 501c3 certified iteration of Noho Pride; she was the first trans woman to serve at that level in the history of the Northampton Pride organization. On top of all this, for the past three years she has been the co-host and tech director of the show, “Tammy’s Twist” at The Broadway Comedy Club in NYC. The only trans produced, hosted, directed and focused comedy show in a mainstream comedy club in the country. Maybe the first of it’s kind ever. Lorelei also speaks and performs regularly about gender, sexuality and improv for various organizations, conferences and universities.


Tony Ferraiolo

Tony Ferraiolo

Tony Ferraiolo is a Certified Life Coach, Transgender Youth Advocate based in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2008 Tony started several support groups to support transgender youth and their families, the groups meet concurrently, providing a complete support system for these families, drawing families from New York and throughout New England. Over the last nine years, these groups have served over 450 families. In 2008, Tony started a binder drive and has sent over 300 binders to trans teens and adults throughout the world. Tony has dedicated himself to promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community, educating providers and advocating on behalf of patients. Over the past ten years, he has delivered trainings to more than 10,000 people around the country. Tony is the subject of the award-winning documentary “A Self-Made Man” and the Author of the book “Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth”. Tony is also the Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries. Beyond this list of inspiring accomplishments, Tony is known for infusing his stories of the struggles of transition with insight, humor, and compassion.


Allyson Fox-Hale

Allyson Fox-Hale

Through personal tragedy and traumatic events, Allyson gained a new perspective and insight regarding human responses, interactions and reasoning as to why we do and say what we do. With this new knowledge of herself and her expertise with molding and shaping individuals both physically and mentally, she hopes to help others open the door to explore this “knowledge” with themselves and others. 2015 was the start of her own awakening into the individual she needs to be; a translator of simple human decency.

Allyson currently works for the Massachusetts DOC, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, and serves in the Army Reserves/National Guard (16 years of service). She holds the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) and position of Detachment Sergeant for the 211 th Battalion, Military Police Higher Headquarters Detachment (HHD). She has 28 years of Japanese Jujitsu training and a BA in Sociology from Framingham State University.


Lola D Houston

Lola D Houston

Lola |lōˈlä| adjective. Humanity of, relating to, or denoting a transgender person comprising the girl and boy (nether)regions combined. My two parts have been transitioning wonderfully via estrogens, fashion, whoring and cuddling, and are inextricably bound, with my past lived as alternately gendered & named others. Well honed. Passionate teacher, consultant, healer, guide and facilitator in such diverse topics as body image, touch, consent, techniques and toys (and lots of other fun things)! Anthropologist (MA, McGill U), Pleasure archaeologist, Sexual cosmonaut (Urban Tantra Professional, Like A Pro, Ecstatic Body Meditation), Writer (academe, Good Vibes, Kinkly), Teacher & Guide (sexuality, gender, touch, breath and dark arts) at many diverse locations and times. Offerings at liveatruelife.org.


Karen Jandro

Karen Jandro

Karen Jandro will be participating in her 6th Fantasia Fair in 2017, and Co-Hostessing the First Time Attendees Meet and Greet with her 2014 "little sister" Madeline "Maddie" Marquadt. She has told many that she was blessed when Fantasia Fair was kind enough to award her a scholarship in 2012. She has been a volunteer every year since in some capacity, whether collecting meal tickets, helping get chairs for an off site training class or any number of tasks that needed to be done. Karen was named the 2015 Fantasia Fair's "Ms Most Helpful" recipient, and the 2016 Fantasia Fair's "Ms. Congeniality". Karen is self employed as an entrepreneur in Western Mass. She enjoys amateur photography and is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. A long time mentor, Karen is starting her 20th year in May, 2016, with an International Drug Demand Reduction Program. She holds a MBA Degree from Western New England College in Springfield, MA and has 2 Honorable Discharges from the United States Marine Corps.


Mara Keisling

Mara Keisling

Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Her efforts have helped win numerous advances in transgender equality, including the first-ever transgender-inclusive federal legislation, the historic first Congressional hearing on transgender issues, and modification of State Department rules for changing gender markers on passports. Mara regularly appears on news outlets such as CNN and CSPAN, and is often quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other print and electronic media. She received the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award at Fantasia Fair in 2012.


Dee Lavalle

Dee Lavalle




Jolie Lavalle

Jolie Lavalle




Diana Lombardi

Diana Lombardi

Diana is Executive Director of the Connecticut Trans-Advocacy Coalition. She worked with ctEQUALITY to pass the gender inclusive Anti-Discrimination law in Connecticut in 2011, the Birth Certificate law that that allows birth certificates to be changed without surgery, and the law banning Conversion Therapy for minors. In addition she has lobbied in Washington DC for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the gender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). She has given numerous workshops and cultural competency trainings at conferences, colleges, and state agencies throughout Connecticut and southern New England. Diana is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).


Dr. Elena Long

Dr. Elena Long

Dr. Elena Long is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where she researches the internal structure of protons and neutrons, and how they come together to form the stable nuclei that make up all of us. She's also the founder of the organization lgbt+physicists, is a Deputy Chair on the American Physical Society's committee to create a Forum on Diversity and Inclusion, and has been running First Church Congregational's Transgender Outreach and LGBT Youth Outreach programs. Elena has been an activist for trans rights generally and within academia specifically since coming out over a decade ago, and was recently named one of Nature's "10 People Who Mattered" for 2016 based on her work for advancing LGBT people within physics.


Sgt. Carrie Lopes

Sgt. Carrie Lopes

Police Sgt. Carrie Lopes has been a police office for more than thirty years and a Sergeant for over thirteen. She is a Civil Rights Officer, Domestic Violence Officer, Elder Affairs-Triad Officer, and Sex Offender Management Officer for the Department. Sgt. Lopes also oversees the town's "No Place for Hate" program and is a supporter of the Cape Cod Foundation, a public philanthropic foundation whose mission is to improve community life. The American Red Cross recognized Sgt. Lopes' service to the community with their 2010 Hero Award.


Carole MacKenzie, LCSW

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW

Carole MacKenzie is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut. She has focused upon service to the LGBTQ community for many years, working with trans* and queer clients, gender creative children, and their families and allies. In addition, she is an AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapist and supervisor. She teaches Human Sexual Behavior at the University of Hartford, is a board member of Hartford PFLAG, and a member of WPATH.


Madeline Marquardt

Madeline Marquardt

Madeline has attended two previous Fantasia Fairs and has fresh memories of her first time at the Fair. So many people were very helpful and she wishes to extend what she has learned to help newcomers quickly settle in and get the most from the Fair. Madeline has recently started transitioning and is supported by an incredible wife of 42 years and loving family. Madeline is the owner of a management consulting firm where her focus is on leadership development, employee engagement, innovation and diversity and inclusion. Madeline has BS in Secondary Education and an extensive background in the behavioral sciences and Organizational Development.


Kalilah Montgomery

Kalilah Montgomery

Kalilah is the founder of The SJ Tea Party and a workshop facilitator who is inspired by her experiences as a black, queer, disabled, and mentally ill cisgender woman. She studied Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she also served on the boards of various LGBTQ student organizations and worked as a social media writer at UC's Women's Center. Since discontinuing her education at the University of Cincinnati, Kalilah primarily spends her days studying and blogging about the intersections of race, gender, ability, sexuality, and class representation in the media.


Lana Moore

Lana Moore

Lana Moore is a retired Columbus Division of Fire Station Captain with 35 years of experience. She transitioned on the job in 2008 and remained there until her retirement in 2016. For 13 years, Moore managed and oversaw the daily operations of Station 19, with responsibilities as a Company commander, training instructor, EMS, fire safety inspector, and fire & emergency incident commander. Having followed a family tradition spanning three generations of public service, in 1988 she received a Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011 the Fire Service Award of Merit and a Certificate of Honor and Recognition. In 2016 Lana was honored as Grand Marshal of Columbus Pride Festival and Parade.

Currently, Moore serves on the National Board of Directors as a Vice Chair for GLAAD, on the board of BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization), the board of the Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation, a Co-Chair of Stonewall Columbus' Capitol Campaign, and she is a member of the Ohio ACLU TransAction advisory board. Lana has two grown children, and resides in Westerville, Ohio.


Hera Navassardian

Hera Navassardian

Hera Navassardian has been in the fashion and beauty industry for more than thirty years. Her career began in New York City as a model for Bob Mackie and other designers like him. She has since worked in many similar industries, including consulting and demonstrating the finer techniques of skincare, make‐up and fashion at high‐end establishments including Bergdorf Goodman, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and CHANEL. Hera's love and passion for beauty and fashion has led her to open her own boutique and transformation studio; Klymaxx Unlimited in downtown Provincetown. Klymaxx offers a wide variety of services including make‐up consultations, hair and wig design, and skincare for men and women. She also carries a large selection of handbags, high‐end costume jewelry, wigs, accessories and her new line of clothing. Hera puts her heart, soul and experience into all of her clients to help them achieve whatever they may be looking for.


Dr. Maureen Osborne

Dr. Maureen Osborne

Dr. Maureen Osborne is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in gender identity issues for more 25 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1984, and is a longtime member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). After retiring from her suburban Philadelphia practice in 2015, she now maintains a small practice in Orleans, MA, where she works with transgender adults, adolescents, couples, and family members, helping them to maintain and rework important relational ties in the midst of changes in gender awareness and expression. Recently, Dr. Osborne began a monthly online video support group for cisgender partners of trans persons. She is also available to conduct evaluations for individuals seeking gender-confirming surgeries. Dr. Osborne’s theoretical orientation and training in Contextual Therapy gave rise to her interest in relational ethics and justice dynamics as they apply to the transgender journey. She has given talks and workshops at many different community organizations, and gender conferences. She appeared in the award-winning film, "Trans", as well as the documentary "Just Gender". In her office and online therapy practice. This is her 9 th year facilitating the couple and partner track at Fantasia Fair, and in 2015, she was honored with the “Friend of the Fair” award.


Mónica Pérèz

Mónica Pérèz

Mónica Pérèz has been for several decades a human rights and civil rights activist in the T/LGB community.


Leea Pronovost

Leea Pronovost

Leea currently volunteers for the Trans Lifeline a suicide hotline for transgender people, she has a certification as a Research Assistant by the National Institute of Health. She a Reiki Master/Teacher, while studying human physiology, psychology and Ayurvedic medicine, to enhance her healing capabilities for her Reiki practice. She found a trans support group FCATS in Greenfield MA. She is co-chairperson for the Unity of Pioneer Valley. She is on the leadership committee of the PFLAG Franklin and Hampshire counties. She sits on the steering committee for the Rainbow Elders. Also works with Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. She worked on advocating/lobbying the state legislature for Trans Public Accommodations bill. She is also volunteer for Transgender Law Center based in Oakland CA, as well as a volunteer at Franklin County Jail for transgender pier support, also speaks publicly as a UMass Amherst, Stonewall Center Speakers Bureau panelist.


Jenesis Rothblatt

Jenesis Rothblatt

Jenesis Rothblatt is the youngest daughter of Dr. Martine Rothblatt, satellite pioneer and author of transgender rights books, Apartheid of Sex (1995), Unzipped Genes (1997) & From Transgender to Transhuman (2011). She is the inspiration and motivation for United Therapeutics Corporation, founded by her parents (Martine & Bina Rothblatt) to find a cure for her life-threatening condition, Pulmonary Hypertension. She has an educational background in Biochemistry (University of Westminster) as well as Audio Engineering. Jenesis is currently Project Leader of Corporate Telepresence and Robotics at United Therapeutics, where she has been employed for nearly 10 years.

Outside of work, Ms. Rothblatt has a passion for travel, art, literature and dance.


Dominick Ruggierio

Dominick Ruggierio




J. Jeanine Ruhsam, Ph.D.

J. Jeanine Ruhsam, Ph.D.

Jeanine Ruhsam holds a doctorate in American Studies from Penn State University and is a professor in the Women and Gender Studies department at Colby-Sawyer College near her home in New Hampshire. She has recently taught gender, transgender and sexuality studies at UMass Amherst, Mt. Holyoke College and Penn State University. An eight-term past-President of TransCentral PA, Pennsylvania’s largest and oldest transgender support, education and advocacy association, Dr. Ruhsam is the co-founder and co-chair of the Keystone Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Her monograph The Great Maine Bathroom Case: Contesting Gender Regulation and Sex- Segregation in America has been submitted to the National Women’s Studies Association for their First Book Prize.


Emily Sheldon

Emily Sheldon

Having attended just about every Fair since the late 1980s, Emily Sheldon is well-known within the Fantasia Fair family. Not only has Emily been an active participant, she has given back to Fair in many ways in both official and unofficial capacities. Emily has helped backstage at the Follies, organize the volunteers during the Fair, took tickets at Fair events, been the Fair's number 1 cheerleader, and so much more. Emily contributions have been recognized a number of times, including awards for Ms. Most-Helpful (1989), Ms. Congeniality (1998), and Ms. Fantasia Fair (2004).


Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

Gwendolyn Ann Smith has been an advocate for the transgender community for most of her adult life, with a focus on the trans community on the internet, as well as in honoring those we have lost due to anti-transgender violence. Starting in 1992, she lobbied America Online, getting the company to change its policies and allow discussions on gender issues on their service. This led to the creation of the first public forum on a major online service, the Transgender Community Forum, one year later. This service allowed thousands of transgender people worldwide to connect on a daily basis. With the rise of the World Wide Web, Gwen began to provide web management for many within the community, creating sites for the Southern Comfort Conference, for transgender photographer Loren Cameron and many others, pioneering the early transgender web. She is still involved on transgender internet projects, serving as the managing editor for Genderfork. Her best known work on the Internet, however, is Remembering Our Dead, a project founded in 1998 to chronicle the scourge of anti-transgender murders. Through this project, Gwen founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event, now 18 years old, is honored in hundreds of locations across the country and worldwide. Gwen also writes a column on transgender issues and ideas for the Bay Area Reporter in San Francisco, California. Her column, Transmissions, has been running biweekly since 2000. Her essay, “We're all someone's freak" is also featured in the book Gender Outlaws, edited by S. Bear Bergman and Kate Bornstein.


Staff

Staff

The staff of the 2017 Fantasia Fair include: Donna Cartwright, Mary Beth Cooper, Jamie Dailey, Karen Jandro, and Cindy Paquette.


IV Staklo

IV Staklo

IV works for Trans Lifeline, training operators, and answering calls. They have a BS in forensic psychology, extensive experience with mentally ill, trans, queer people, and children abused in the criminal justice system. IV was the national coordinator for the CT-based Justice for Jane Doe initiative. They organize antiwar movement, work with victims of police misconduct, coordinate a network for local reproductive healthcare access, contribute to sex worker advocacy and AIDS prevention initiatives. They are a lead organizer with ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) in Connecticut, an author at Liberation News. IV is a Russian Rrom immigrant from Moscow, involved in activism and education on the intersections of Rrom, LGBTQ and Soviet immigrant identities. IV has spoken on panels and at the UNH, SCSU, Yale, Wesleyan and UConn, and Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. They conduct trans competency trainings with educators and individuals in helping professions.


Cody Suzuki

Cody Suzuki

Can gender identity be infused into everyday quotes, verses, nursery rhymes & memes? Why Yes! Cody Suzuki is a local Trans* Queer Non- Conforming Spoken Word Artist with passions in poetry, play, lyric & story writing. His original works are educational, most in verse and often humorous plus deliver gender accepting messages to audiences of all ages. Supporting trans* and non-conforming community everywhere, his wish is to educate, enlighten and entertain with the same breath!

Current projects include opening for "Trans* Play" at URI, RI Pride Trans & Queer Slam, Spoken Word workshops, events & engagements, impromptu reads or anywhere there's an open mic!

Could a chicken crossing the road compare to the questioning of gender? Hear his latest piece at Tuesday's. Open Mic & Poetry night and sing along to his musical quip Doe a Deer an assumed female deer...at the Fri. Follies. Welcome to join him and the lovely Temperance Duwitt on the runway Weds. night for the FF Fashion Show!


Lezli Whitehouse

Lezli Whitehouse

BA-Theatre Arts, MS- Communication Sciences and Disorders- Communication / Vocal Coach and Speech Language Pathologist. Combining scientific and theatrical work is a passion for Lezli. She currently holds a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology, and works full time in that field. Prior to this manifestation of life Lezli was a professional Actress, with a focus on voice work. Her teaching explores one's own voice and the ability to express it fully, naturally and safely. Lezli's training includes mime, gender in movement, speech articulation, accents, voice work for stage and television, as well as many genres of singing. Her training comes from RADA in London, University of Iowa, IHP Boston-Mass General, Kristin Linklater, Andrea James, Kitie Verdinlini and Sandy Hirsch. She feels at home in the world of gender shift, and looks forward to returning to Fan Fair!


Liz Winter

Liz Winter

Liz Winter, a.k.a Elizabeth "Ice Box" Winters, started her show business career at the age of eleven at Miss Penelope's School of Stillness in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 1950, at sixteen, she became the youngest person to qualify to teach modern dance throughout the island nation.

In 1962, Liz became a resident female impersonator in Gaborone, the capital and largest city of Botswana, performing live twice a week to a regular crowd. She soon started touring the country under the name of "Miss De Bus", introducing a mixture of mime, live vocals, stand up comedy, amazing gowns and a uniquely choreographed number that included three chickens and plunger. By the end of the decade, Ms. Winters found herself in Bangkok, suffering from a combination of alcoholism, bulimia, and perpetual foot fungus. For years, she languished in forgotten obscurity until talent scouted by Robert Kent in 1996 when she was recruited to play the parts of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt in a three-man drag version of Star Wars. Although critically acclaimed, the play shut down after two nights in Cabot Cove, Maine, due to copyright violations.

Since then, Ms. Winter performing as "The Ice Box", has relived her floorshow and has been touring in Eastern Turkey, billed "the ultimate in entertainment adventure for a girl and a girdle." When not performing live, Ms. Winters appears on many TV and radio broadcasts and acts as the spokesperson for the Franklin Research Center for Foot Fungus Awareness.


Elizabeth Wintheiser

Elizabeth Wintheiser

Elizabeth is a retired nurse. She began writing poetry in high school, and has been writing ever since. She currently volunteers at a reading program for adult learners. She has been married to her wonderful understanding wife for 32 years. They have 3 adult children. She loves art, the theater and being trans. Being transgender is one of the very best things ever to happen to her. She currently lives in Easthampton, Mass. This is her second Fantasia Fair.


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