Javonne Crumby    @sheespeaks_   I am the creator and editor-in-chief of Lesbionyx. I am a 26 year old Sacramento native. I have also called San Diego my home and currently reside in Los Angeles   #CaliLife   .  I am a proud queer woman of color. I wanted to create a space for other queer women of color to get together for entertainment, news, relationship advice, and an overall sense of community. I am a recent graduate from Cal State Los Angeles with a BA degree in Television Film and Media Studies with an option in Journalism. I created and hosted a campus radio show at Cal State LA called   Sheespeaks   ;  a show for social commentary and my views on today's society.   I am proud to not only live my life with pride, but help others come together and celebrate their pride as well. One of my main goals through Lesbionyx is to remove the sense of "otherness" that comes with being a queer woman of color. While our intersectionality puts us in marginalized boxes, I demand that our voices be heard.

Javonne Crumby

@sheespeaks_

I am the creator and editor-in-chief of Lesbionyx. I am a 26 year old Sacramento native. I have also called San Diego my home and currently reside in Los Angeles #CaliLife. I am a proud queer woman of color. I wanted to create a space for other queer women of color to get together for entertainment, news, relationship advice, and an overall sense of community. I am a recent graduate from Cal State Los Angeles with a BA degree in Television Film and Media Studies with an option in Journalism. I created and hosted a campus radio show at Cal State LA called Sheespeaks; a show for social commentary and my views on today's society. I am proud to not only live my life with pride, but help others come together and celebrate their pride as well. One of my main goals through Lesbionyx is to remove the sense of "otherness" that comes with being a queer woman of color. While our intersectionality puts us in marginalized boxes, I demand that our voices be heard.

  Evolve Benton    @evolvebenton   Evolve Benton is a black, queer, healer, writer & artist from Los Angeles, CA. Evolve has had the opportunity to speak & share their art across the United States and internationally. Evolve found their poetic voice and passion for poetry in New Orleans, LA where they attended Dillard University. Evolve earned their MFA in Creative Writing, Evolve and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Evolve believes that combination of rewriting narratives and establishing critical wellness practices have saved their life and extended their journey as a healer. Evolve uses poetry and wellness to co-create healing spaces for communities that have a history of trauma, violence and oppression. Evolve’s poetry has been published in the Dillard Review (2008),  Trans bodies, Trans Selves (2014)  and  Outside the XY: Black and Brown Masculinity (2016) ,  The Feminist Wire  and  WUS Good Magazine . Evolve currently resides in Oakland, CA with their lovely partner and six year old yorkie. Learn more about Evolve at  evolvebenton.com .

Evolve Benton

@evolvebenton

Evolve Benton is a black, queer, healer, writer & artist from Los Angeles, CA. Evolve has had the opportunity to speak & share their art across the United States and internationally. Evolve found their poetic voice and passion for poetry in New Orleans, LA where they attended Dillard University. Evolve earned their MFA in Creative Writing, Evolve and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Evolve believes that combination of rewriting narratives and establishing critical wellness practices have saved their life and extended their journey as a healer. Evolve uses poetry and wellness to co-create healing spaces for communities that have a history of trauma, violence and oppression. Evolve’s poetry has been published in the Dillard Review (2008), Trans bodies, Trans Selves (2014) and Outside the XY: Black and Brown Masculinity (2016), The Feminist Wire and WUS Good Magazine. Evolve currently resides in Oakland, CA with their lovely partner and six year old yorkie. Learn more about Evolve at evolvebenton.com.

  Tracey "Trae" Higgs    @issatrae   Trae is a 26 year old Brooklyn, New York resident originally from South Florida. Trae earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of South Florida in Criminology, with a minor in Political Science and is a Paralegal and Legal Writer. Inherently passionate about injustices of all kind, she seeks an outlet to keep our community up to date on news, politics, crimes against the QPOC and LGBT community, and anything pressing that we should know about. Trae is known for her unmatched humor and wit, and thrives on music festivals, concerts, museums, and traveling as much as life allows. She was a co-founder and head writer on the former blog  ‘LesbiReal Girls: Brains, Beauty, and Boobs’ . On this platform, she and a friend wrote about everything from coming out stories, discriminatory experiences, and even nuances like how it is near mission impossible to get to a 9am class in college. She’s plans to attend Law School to practice criminal law, with the intention to work as a political liaison and voice to reform and combat issues in society.

Tracey "Trae" Higgs

@issatrae

Trae is a 26 year old Brooklyn, New York resident originally from South Florida. Trae earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of South Florida in Criminology, with a minor in Political Science and is a Paralegal and Legal Writer. Inherently passionate about injustices of all kind, she seeks an outlet to keep our community up to date on news, politics, crimes against the QPOC and LGBT community, and anything pressing that we should know about. Trae is known for her unmatched humor and wit, and thrives on music festivals, concerts, museums, and traveling as much as life allows. She was a co-founder and head writer on the former blog ‘LesbiReal Girls: Brains, Beauty, and Boobs’. On this platform, she and a friend wrote about everything from coming out stories, discriminatory experiences, and even nuances like how it is near mission impossible to get to a 9am class in college. She’s plans to attend Law School to practice criminal law, with the intention to work as a political liaison and voice to reform and combat issues in society.

 
  Tiffany Favers     @ephiphsfromtiff    Tiffany M. Favers is a proud queer woman of color, born and raised in Ohio. She recently returned to her beloved midwest and is settling into life in Chicago. In her professional life she is a social worker specializing in work with LGBTQ older adults. In her personal life she is a lover of music and dancing, an amateur baker and an aspiring spiritual healer and playwright. Tiffany can often be found seeking out live jazz music, at drag shows that start before 10pm and having conversations about social inequalities and injustice over fancy whiskey based cocktails. Tiffany is currently embarking on her next big life journey, creating home and family.

Tiffany Favers

@ephiphsfromtiff

Tiffany M. Favers is a proud queer woman of color, born and raised in Ohio. She recently returned to her beloved midwest and is settling into life in Chicago. In her professional life she is a social worker specializing in work with LGBTQ older adults. In her personal life she is a lover of music and dancing, an amateur baker and an aspiring spiritual healer and playwright. Tiffany can often be found seeking out live jazz music, at drag shows that start before 10pm and having conversations about social inequalities and injustice over fancy whiskey based cocktails. Tiffany is currently embarking on her next big life journey, creating home and family.

  Tyler "T.C." Celvin     @tyler.n.training    Tyler Celvin , commonly known as T.C. , is a mainly self taught writer and artist. Growing up in NYC, they soaked up the energy of the most vibrant neighborhoods including Harlem, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Being of trans-experience, they also spend time strengthening the bonds of the transgender community and bridging the gap between being a person of color and a queer person. They love all types of art including culinary arts, theater and spoken word.

Tyler "T.C." Celvin

@tyler.n.training

Tyler Celvin , commonly known as T.C. , is a mainly self taught writer and artist. Growing up in NYC, they soaked up the energy of the most vibrant neighborhoods including Harlem, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Being of trans-experience, they also spend time strengthening the bonds of the transgender community and bridging the gap between being a person of color and a queer person. They love all types of art including culinary arts, theater and spoken word.

  Mariah "Riah" Barber    @beyondyourdefinition   Mariah Barber is Carolina girl from the 704 and current Peace Corps volunteer between countries. She is a self proclaimed "bag lady" and "nomad" who is claiming DC as home for a while until she returns to Latin America. She is an activist, spoken word poet , author, researcher and sexual health educator. She is a former radio show personality with WZMB  “Good Vibrations Radio”  and current podcaster on   “Poetically Correct”   and  “Attempting to find da Answers” . Barber is the founder of  Beyond Your Organization LLC  a company dedicated to exploring identity through workshops involving spoken word poetry and uplifting unheard voices. Her book     “Of Mics & Pens & Gods & Other College Courses”   covers her unique brand of womanhood through haiku's ,long poems and more. Riah lives for the Spanish language, hiking ,QPOC, anthropology, Indian food, liberation , Earl Grey tea, thrifting , records, HIV prevention , yoga and open mic nights. She has her masters in Social Behavioral & Community Health and has focused her efforts on bettering the health outcomes for women of color through storytelling with words or research.

Mariah "Riah" Barber

@beyondyourdefinition

Mariah Barber is Carolina girl from the 704 and current Peace Corps volunteer between countries. She is a self proclaimed "bag lady" and "nomad" who is claiming DC as home for a while until she returns to Latin America. She is an activist, spoken word poet , author, researcher and sexual health educator. She is a former radio show personality with WZMB “Good Vibrations Radio” and current podcaster on “Poetically Correct” and “Attempting to find da Answers”. Barber is the founder of Beyond Your Organization LLC a company dedicated to exploring identity through workshops involving spoken word poetry and uplifting unheard voices. Her book “Of Mics & Pens & Gods & Other College Courses” covers her unique brand of womanhood through haiku's ,long poems and more. Riah lives for the Spanish language, hiking ,QPOC, anthropology, Indian food, liberation , Earl Grey tea, thrifting , records, HIV prevention , yoga and open mic nights. She has her masters in Social Behavioral & Community Health and has focused her efforts on bettering the health outcomes for women of color through storytelling with words or research.