PATTY BERNE is a Co-Founder of Sins Invalid and has served as Artistic Director since 2006. Berne's background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities. She is pursuing a Psy.D., focusing on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state-sponsored violence. In 2008, she had a chapter published in the Routledge Press book, Telling Stories to Change the World, on the work and history of Sins Invalid. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at San Francisco Women Against Rape and the 2009 recipient of the Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership in the field of LGBTQI and disability rights by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
'RON DANIELLA is healing 2 learn *&* practice transformative love. Afrikan/Black NDN. PWD. GenderQueer. 2spirited. "working" poor cultural worker. narrating 4 ''Charisse Shumate: Fighting for our Lives" 2 performing at "Sins '06" & becoming a responsible storyteller.
LOREE ERICKSON is a poly queer femmegimp relocated to Canada from Virginia to become a procrastinating PhD student at York University. Her academic work brings together her personal experience as a person with a disability, creativity (through video and photography), and theory to explore issues of sexual self-representation, embodiment, and identity. Her aim in academic, artistic and political work is to challenge stereotypical images and depictions of people with disabilities. She wants to replace the gawking, gazing, and glaring people with disabilities encounter on a daily basis with beholding, recognizing, and reacting when people with disabilities are red fucking hot. Loree also loves sun, sparkly things, and social justice.
LEZLIE FRYE is an activist, performance artist, poet and scholar. She has performed at numerous artistic and cultural events, including the Society for Disability Studies National Conference in 2005. Frye is currently a doctoral student in the American Studies Program, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, at New York University. Frye’s work explores intersections of dis/ability, race, gender, sexuality and nation, with particular interest in nation-building film, citizenship, and the politics of life and death.
TODD HERMAN is a filmmaker, photographer, curator, facilitator, and a long time ally of the disability rights movement. His work ranges from inquiries into the relationships between photography, memory, and mourning; to issues around media representation of persons with disabilities. His work shows internationally. For more information about Todd visit, www.todd-herman.com.
LATEEF H. MCLEOD strives to have a career in writing. He received a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA from Mills College to achieve that end. He is an author of several online articles and plans to publish poetry books and novels in the future.
LEROY FRANKLIN MOORE JR. is a Co-Founder and Community Relations Director of Sins Invalid. As a Black writer, poet, hip-hop/music lover, community activist, and feminist and consultant on race and disability with a physical disability, he has been sharing his perspectives on identity, race, and disability for the last 13 years. His work began in London, England where he discovered a Black disabled movement which led to the creation of his lecture series, "On the Outskirts: Race & Disability". He is also producer and columnist of Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine and creator of Krip-Hop Mixtape Project. He is one of the leading voices around police brutality and wrongful incarceration of people with disabilities and has studied, worked, and lectured in the field of race and disability concerning blues, hip-hop, and social justice issues in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.
PEGGY MUNSON is the author of the Project Queerlit-winning, Lambda-award-finalist novel, Origami Striptease, which Eileen Myles called a "good, dirty book" and which features disabled characters having unapologetically racy sex. Peggy's second book, a collection of poetry dealing largely with her fifteen year struggle with disabling CFIDS and MCS, is called Pathogenesis and will be published in early 2008. Peggy has also published widely in anthologies and publications such as Best American Erotica 2006 and 2007, Best Lesbian Erotica 1998-2007, On Our Backs, the Best American Poetry, and many others. Peggy also edited the acclaimed CFIDS anthology, Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Issues of invisibility and non-apparent disabilities infuse Peggy's work, and these issues came to a head in a life-imitates art moment in April 2007 when video readings from Peggy's novel were censored from a Lambda Literary Award finalist event in San Francisco, resulting in a flurry of press about issues of genderqueerness, what it means to censor someone rendered physically absent by disability, and crip queer sexuality. Peggy hopes to represent for homebound and chemically sensitive disabled folks who are so often excluded, and to show the steamy side of being bedridden.
MARIA R. PALACIOS is a Latina Feminist Poet, author, Spoken Word Peformer, polio survivor, disability activist, and professional presenter. Her feminist collection of poetry, The Female King, has made Maria one of Houston's favorites in the poetry scene. Her poetry focuses on highlighting women's strengths and destroying the stereotypes and myths surrounding disability and sexuality, race, and gender issues and cultural diversity in general. Her website is www.myspace.com/goddessonwheels.
seeley quest has featured at the 2002 first international Queerness and Disability Conference, the 2003 national True Spirit Conference, the San Francisco Center's opening week gala Some Kind of Queer, the 2003 Trannyfest, the 2002 and 2004 Bay Area Ladyfests, the '05, '06, and '08 SF Anarchist Cafes, the 2007 SF Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, Sins Invalid 2007, SF Bay Guardian 'Best of the Bay' event Writers With Drinks, 848 Community Space and Counterpulse, in residency at the Jon Sims Center, in the 'Trans As Fuck' shows sie also co-instigated, the 2008 National Queer Arts Festival in 'TAF' and 'Marginal Bodies', L.A.'s Trans/Giving, on tour with the 2005 and 2006 Tranny Roadshows and elsewhere.
ROOPA SINGH is an urban citizen with village tendencies who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is an artist/writer/political poet, an adjunct professor of international political science at Pace University and a theater instructor with South Asian Youth Action. She completed her J.D. at Boalt Law School. Visit her blog, with "All the News That’s Fit to Flip."
NOEMI SOHN is a poet, community activist and perpetual student living in San Francisco. She reads her poetry at different venues and open mics through the Bay Area. Her 2003 chap book Interwined won the 2004 Pen Oakland – Josephine Miles Award. At times, she can make people laugh with her wry sense of humor.
LISA THOMAS-ADEYEMO is a queer New African healer, activist, educator, vocalist, percussionist and Mother. She currently directs the Counseling Program at San Francisco Women Against Rape and is a co-coordinator for the largest national gathering of queer people of color activist and organizers in the country.