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.

  Malaika Salaam     @purplehairandconverse   Malaika is a "fat, black, queer, femme" living on Florida’s West Coast. She is the head blogger at   purplehairandconverse.com , co-hosts  The Intersection Podcast , and is the Founder/Executive Producer for  The Mahogany Covergirls Burlesque Troupe .  Her mission is to create safe, sacred, nurturing, and nourishing spaces for black women. She holds degrees in Minority Studies, Political Science and Communication. Malaika is working on her certification in Wellness Life Coaching and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Malaika Salaam

@purplehairandconverse

Malaika is a "fat, black, queer, femme" living on Florida’s West Coast. She is the head blogger at  purplehairandconverse.com, co-hosts The Intersection Podcast, and is the Founder/Executive Producer for The Mahogany Covergirls Burlesque Troupe.  Her mission is to create safe, sacred, nurturing, and nourishing spaces for black women. She holds degrees in Minority Studies, Political Science and Communication. Malaika is working on her certification in Wellness Life Coaching and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

  Izzy Bravo     @izzybravo_   Izzy  is a 24 year old actor and screenwriter from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Edinburgh, UK. She began a blog called  Punk and Pussy  to share stories of her decolonization, self-preservation process, and her thoughts on the white, cis-het (cis-gendered, heteronormative) world around her. She retired the blog with her solo show called  Punk and Pussy: The Solo Show.  The show was featured in the  People’s History Museum’s 2017 Pride Week  program in Manchester. She believes in sharing narratives to uplift and support QPOC, and/or womxn of color. She currently trains as a television actor and seizes any opportunity to be in front of a camera.

Izzy Bravo

@izzybravo_

Izzy  is a 24 year old actor and screenwriter from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Edinburgh, UK. She began a blog called Punk and Pussy to share stories of her decolonization, self-preservation process, and her thoughts on the white, cis-het (cis-gendered, heteronormative) world around her. She retired the blog with her solo show called Punk and Pussy: The Solo Show. The show was featured in the People’s History Museum’s 2017 Pride Week program in Manchester. She believes in sharing narratives to uplift and support QPOC, and/or womxn of color. She currently trains as a television actor and seizes any opportunity to be in front of a camera.

 
  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. 

  Raquel "Roc" Spencer     @chefchicowiththepots   Raquel is a proud Costa Rican and Black gay woman. She was born in San Diego, CA but as the child of a Marine, she grew up all around the world. She was brought up speaking Spanish and learned English as a second language. Raquel is the graduate of an HBCU, St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina where she currently resides. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Sociology, a social activist for LGBTQIA rights and a youth mentor. Raquel has a strong passion for human rights and is currently pursuing law school. Raquel’s hobbies include poetry and performing spoken word. She is also a chef and an athlete. Raquel aims to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, especially in the gay community. “I am on a mission to make sure every queer person knows how great, special and unique they are. All the unique, different and special qualities we possess are a blessing and gift to our society.”

Raquel "Roc" Spencer 

@chefchicowiththepots

Raquel is a proud Costa Rican and Black gay woman. She was born in San Diego, CA but as the child of a Marine, she grew up all around the world. She was brought up speaking Spanish and learned English as a second language. Raquel is the graduate of an HBCU, St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina where she currently resides. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Sociology, a social activist for LGBTQIA rights and a youth mentor. Raquel has a strong passion for human rights and is currently pursuing law school. Raquel’s hobbies include poetry and performing spoken word. She is also a chef and an athlete. Raquel aims to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, especially in the gay community. “I am on a mission to make sure every queer person knows how great, special and unique they are. All the unique, different and special qualities we possess are a blessing and gift to our society.”

  Tiffany Favers      @ephiphsfromtiff     Tiffany M. Favers is a proud queer woman of color, born and raised in Ohio. She currently resides in Boston  (but probably only for the next 10 minutes). 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 and her beloved cat K'nuckles are currently embarking on their next big life journey, finding a place that feels like home.

Tiffany Favers

@ephiphsfromtiff 

Tiffany M. Favers is a proud queer woman of color, born and raised in Ohio. She currently resides in Boston  (but probably only for the next 10 minutes). 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 and her beloved cat K'nuckles are currently embarking on their next big life journey, finding a place that feels like home.

  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.