Diana Feliz Oliva, MSW
Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker
May 6th Studio Theatre 6-9 PM
Diana Feliz Oliva has worked in the field of social services and public health for almost 25 years. Her work began in 1994 with the County of Fresno – Department of Social Services to her new position as HIV Community Liaison at Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 2017. In addition, Ms. Oliva has more than 15 years of experience in working with the HIV + positive communities which include, women, MSM, transgender individuals, sex workers, mentally ill, substance users, homeless individuals, incarcerated adults, youth, elderly, people of color and undocumented individuals.
A graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2005, her particular interest has been advancing the development of public policy that addresses community-level health and social problems. Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, Ms. Oliva has become an effective social advocate and role model. Her work is shown giving voice and visibility to not only the HIV + positive communities but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched.
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Trans Art Showing, Chair
May 11th Westminster DC, 3-5 PM
Matt Storm is an artist living in Washington, DC. Storm’s artwork engages with the theme of identity and the question “who are we, and how do we know?” He approaches this question through portraiture, and visual topics including transgender and queer issues, family, and community. Storm received his BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College, where he received the Perspectives on Design Award and has lived at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Storm serves on the leadership team of the LGBTQ Caucus of the Society for Photographic Education. Matt Storm is an enthusiastic member of DC's transgender community. www.mattstormphoto.com
Black Pride Transgender Town Hall
May 25th 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Monika Nemeth is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 3F06 which covers the neighborhoods of North Cleveland Park and Wakefield in upper NW Washington DC. She was elected in 2018 and is the first transgender person known to ever be elected to office in the history of Washington. She is also a member of Mayor Muriel Bower’s Administration having been appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for LGBTQ Affairs prior to her election. Monika came to DC as a college student in 1983 and graduated from American University.
Monika’s passion is for community service. In addition to her Government posts, she is also an Executive Producer at Capital Pride Alliance for Capital Trans Pride. Monika is very politically active and is the President of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club of DC and is a member of the DC Democratic State Committee.
Monika is a strong believer in Trans Visibility. She transitioned on the job with her current employer. She feels that while trans people are now out in numbers not seen before, that they do not yet own the narrative told about them. It is her belief the only way to stop the demonization of trans people is for trans people to be highly visible in society and communities. It becomes much harder to demonize someone when they are your friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, and neighbors.
Bianca Humady Rey
Black Pride Transgender Town Hall
May 25th 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Bianca Humady Rey, was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to the United States in the fall of 1998, and began working in the healthcare field in 1999. She is currently an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (KPMAS) Region. Bianca is also one of the National Co-Chair of Kaiser Permanente’s KP Pride Business Resource Group.
Bianca’s passions include a devotion to the normalizing and visibility of the Transgender Communities Nationally and Internationally. She has volunteered as Executive Producer for Capital Pride Alliance and Capital Trans Pride for more than three years. She is currently the Chair of Capital Trans Pride Bianca has also worked with Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau (TASB) Program as a Speaker/Facilitator for three years, with focused on conversations about own life stories, while providing a forum for participants to engage in a question-and-answer dialogue. One story at a time, helping to build understanding and support for the Transgender Community.
Sean Bell is an African-American father of a transgender teen. He is an ally to the LGBTQ community. He tries to build bridges of acceptance and understanding by sharing the story of his own journey as the parent of a transgender child.
Alexa Elizabeth Rodrigues
Alexa Elizabeth Rodriguez is originally from Usulután, El Salvador
where she founded Mi Nueva Familia. Mi Nueva Familia a working group for people living with
HIV and for transgender women. In 2009, Alexa arrived in the United States and continued her
work as an HIV/STI prevention educator with groups such as Identity Inc., Mariposas Group,
Empoderáte Youth Center, and Casa de Maryland HIV Program.
Rodriguez currently is a promoter for Miss Maryland Latin@ and Miss Translatina, Former Vice-
President of Latino GLBT History Project, an avid advocate for Transgender Latina equality, and
a member of the National Trans-Latina Coalition and Executive Director of Trans-Latina DMV – a
national and local organization that advocates for and builds the capacity of transgender Latina
immigrants. She worked as the Youth Center Transgender Program Coordinator for La Clinica
del Pueblo in Washington D.C. Her work involved providing HIV testing to clients and leading
weekly transgender youth support groups as a counselor and mentor. In addition, Rodriguez
still supports the Center by planning leadership and social events for transgender youth.
Alexa held the title of Miss Latino GLBT History Project 2012-13, was honored with the
Engendered Spirit Award by Capital Trans Pride in 2014, received the Heil-Balin Community
Service Award from the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club in 2014. The Carmen Martin Award of
Excellence 2015 by Latin Soul Productions at Miss Gay Peru 2015-2016, and The Community
Leadership Award at the 2016 Hispanic Heritage LGBT Awards by GLBT Latino History Project.
Rodriguez arrived in the United States ready to fight and work for the transgender community.
She saw transphobia persist in her home country and wanted to ignite a call for action. She has
been an activist for 14 years fighting for the rights of the HIV positive and members of the
transgender community. As a transgender and HIV positive individual, Alexa will continue to
fight to make sure her community does not fail.
Devon Michael Tensley
Devon Michael Tensley, a native Washingtonian, is a father and grandfather, minister,
peer Trans advocate, student, domestic partner, and aspiring politician. At 41, Devon began his evolution and physical transition with testosterone injections. In 2014 he went had his name legally changed. A year later he had top surgery at Howard University. Church and school have become very important. Since becoming a member of Unity Fellowship Church of Washington DC in 2007, Devon has been active in ministry including the HIV/AIDS Ministry, the board of trustees, Transformation (transgender choir), the Men on the Rise Eternal(M.O.R.E. the men’s ministry), the Men’s Choir and Aya Ministry (which reaches out to incarcerated persons and returning citizens). Minister Devon began work in ministry under Elder-Elect Dyan Akousa McCray-Peters in 2009, was ordained as a Deacon in October 2011 and was elevated to Minister in 2015. Outside of church Devon volunteers at the Whitman-Walker Name and Gender Marker change clinic and at the DC superior court as a Peer Court Advocate, helping transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to navigate the name change process. He also tutors reading to elementary school children in the District through Reading Partners. In 1996 Devon obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Afterlife happened he was able to complete studies for an MBA with a concentration in International Business in 2015. Currently, Devon is working his five-year plan by taking courses at Kaplan University in hopes of earning a second Master degree (Master of Science in Legal Studies) and moving on to matriculate for a Jurist Doctorate by 2023. Forever in the pursuit of
knowledge and bettering himself, Minister Devon is also attending classes at Evangel Cathedral Bible College.
Paul Lynn Grace-Neal
Paul Lynn Grace-Neal is a Black Trans* man. Currently, he is in the
final stages of becoming an ordained Reverend in the Potomac Association of the United
Church of Christ. He is also a Licensed Practical Nurse and an advocate for the Trans*
community. Paul graduated from Hampton University with a BS in Marketing in 1989 and
Wesley Theological Seminary in 1993 with a Master of Divinity. He earned a Practical Nursing
Diploma in 2003. He is a proud Brother of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Minister at The Community Church of Washington, DC United Church of Christ where strives to educate and
empower the Trans* members and educate the community on Trans* issues. He also serves as
an Open and Affirming Consultant for the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ,
Chair of the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ LGBTQIA Task Force, member
of the Central Atlantic Conference LGBTQIA Task Force, participant of TransDimensional
Support Group, DC Black Trans Men Rising, Heart to Heart Support Group, and MD Trans*Unity
Support Group. He led a discussion centered around Transgender Spirituality at Westminster
United Church of Christ in preparation of the church including Transgender people in their
Open and Affirming Covenant. He has been a panelist for a Capital Trans Pride seminar on issues related to transitioning and HIV/AIDS, and at the United Church of Christ Open and Affirming National Gathering discussing The Supremacy of White Privilege and its Impact on Racial Ethnic Cultures and LGBT and the Church. He also collaborates with other advocates and leaders in the LGBT community to facilitate discussions around “The Spirituality of Being Transgender” and Mental Health/Wholeness. Paul loves writing poetry and singing. He is most passionate about journeying with people through their hurt to bring them to a place of healing and wholeness.
Aurora has broken through a lot of obstacles. A young transgender woman from Philadelphia she never had it easy. Going through life as a young child with so many talents it was hard for young Aurora to choose her destiny. Growing up with a music background as well as being in the choir performing was something that came naturally. In high school styling for Jeremih, Rick Ross, and DJ Khaled Aurora knew she could compete with the best. Aurora is also a strong activist for LGBT equality marching in Washington and speaking for the transgender youth and how she overcame her tribulations. Aurora conquers any obstacle and breaks any barrier with her overwhelming determination and highly anticipated musical career Aurora will be known for her accomplishments.
Amy Nelson – Legal Advisor, Queer Lesbian Woman Amy Nelson is
the Director of Legal Services at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) in Washington, DC, a holistic
community health center and the oldest medical-legal partnership (since 1986!) offering
transgender, primary, and HIV healthcare; mental health and addiction services; dental care;
medical case management; and legal services. WWH specializes in serving DC’s LGBTQI and HIV
communities, and opens its doors to all clients regardless of status or income. In 2017, WWH
served more than 16,000 persons, including more than 3,000 legal clients -- one-fifth of whom
identify as transgender. Amy is a frequent speaker on trans health and legal issues, and
managed the creation of DC’s first name and gender change legal clinic in 2012. In 2014, Amy
was recognized as a “Shero of the Movement” by the DC Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and
honored with Capital TransPride’s Engendered Spirit award.
Gia Martinez is currently working at Nova Salud Inc, as a
Health Educator/ Trans PrEP Navigator/Advocate. Most importantly she is a 41
year old trans woman. Gia started in the HIV outreach field as a condom
distributor and volunteer in 2001 with the Clinica Del Pueblo in this group called
Now Gia runs a group called T-SISTA which is a program adopted from the SISTA
program from CDC. Its core 5 focus areas are 1. Ethnic and Gender Pride 2.
HIV/AIDS, STIs, Sex and drugs 3. Condom negotiation and communication 4. Safer
sex behaviors and skills 5. Skills Review.
Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA is a family practice physician assistant
and the Trans Health Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center for Chase Brexton Health Care.
In addition to graduating from Howard University’s physician assistant program, I have an MBA
from Johns Hopkins University. In my position at Chase Brexton, I provide leadership and
coordination of care for transgender-identified patients establishes best practices for medical
transgender care, trains other medical providers, provides consultation to external
organizations on transgender-related issues including employee transition engage in advocacy
at the state level, and identifies research and funding opportunities related to transgender care.
I have a large panel of LGBTQ patients that I provide primary care services to as well as
transgender/gender non-binary patients that I transition by prescribing hormones. I serve on
national teams of expert transgender medical professionals to write guidelines for treating and
prescribing medications for adults and adolescents who are transitioning. I was also part of the
team that wrote Gender: Joy (Journey of Youth), a multidisciplinary program written for
trans/gender diverse youth, adolescents, and families, which was launched Jan 1, 2016 and as
of Nov 2017 has over 850 patients. I have presented at numerous national conferences,
engaged in strategic planning with several nonprofit organizations, and volunteered throughout
the local community.
Patti D. Shaw
Patti D. Shaw is a 54 years old post-op transgender woman, and a native Washingtonian. She attended DC Public Schools and the University of District of Columbia. She has been an activist since 1991 to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as the homelessness within the Transgender community. She was also a facilitator of TADD (Transgenders Against Defamation and Discrimination) in 1993 at HCC (HIV Community Coalition). Ms. Shaw has also been an entertainer for over 30 years. She’s a member of Mount Calvary Church. She’s also one of the founders of Shuggs (Serving Hugs Uplifting Gender with Grace and Service) Place, an upcoming organization that works for the betterment of the Transgender
Community and Gender non-conforming individuals. She is also serving as a Community Health Navigator for Damien Ministries. Ms. Shaw loves cooking and partaking in different culinary endeavors.
Black Pride Transgender Town Hall
May 25th 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Ian Brown is an active duty US Army Major and serves as a Department of Defense Information Network Operations Officer. His military career spans 20-plus years, three wartime and two peacetime overseas deployments, and multiple leadership roles. He has earned a Masters degree in Information Technology Management, as well as other professional certifications.
Ian is passionate about advocating and programming for the transgender community. He’s a current Capital Pride Alliance Board Member, Executive Producer of Capital Trans Pride (2018 and 2019), and Programming Committee Chair to Temple Bet Mishpachah's Board of Directors. He also served as a panelist for the FLUX Transgender Veterans Panel Discussion (2018) and the keynote speaker for the Bet Mishpachah Transgender Day of Remembrance service (2017). Ian is also a self-proclaimed foodie and fitness enthusiast.
Queen Victoria Ortega
May 17th, 6-9 PM
Queen Victoria Ortega— Queen Victoria believes in leadership through service. Currently, she serves as Queen of The Royal Court, is the Associate Director of Transgender Health at St John's, and is the National Chair of FLUX. She leverages her intersectionality to advise and guide organizations and systems. Queen Victoria contributions include: increasing the capacity of community members and stakeholders to engage in advocacy for themselves. She has also been a member of such bodies as, Honor PAC, Down Town LA Proud Fest, Los Angeles County Commission on an HIV Health Services and the Transgender Service Provider Network.
Community Mixer Co-Host
May 17th, 6-9 PM
Leon Harris anchors News4 at 4 and contributes to other weekday newscasts. He joins the team after 21 years at CNN in Atlanta and 14 years in D.C. local news.
Harris began his career behind the scenes in a variety of technical roles. His first big on-air reporting was during coverage of the L.A. riots. From there, he anchored CNN’s morning programs, winning acclaim for coverage of major news events like the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson trial, the September 11th attacks, and the 2000 Elections and Recount. Harris was twice awarded the National Cable Ace Award for Best Anchor.
In 2003 Harris moved to Washington to cover local news in his adopted home. He has won more than a dozen Local Emmys for his reporting and anchoring, including two as Best Local News Anchor. He was also recognized for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and his reporting from the jungles of El Salvador on illegal immigration.
Harris is also known for his award-winning series focusing on area youth doing remarkable things in service to others and the adults making a way for those young people to succeed.
Harris’ commitment to supporting youths extends to the scholarships in his name at his alma mater Ohio University, where he is a cum laude graduate and holds an honorary doctorate.
He and his family live in Potomac, MD.
Black Pride Transgender Town Hall
May 25th 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Maverick Hill has lived in the Washington D.C. area for 3 years. He is a financial program specialist with the Department of the Treasury. Maverick holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A & M University-Central Texas and is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Maverick is an Army veteran. His 8-year service includes 2 deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He is a member of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) and the Maryland Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (MALGBTIC) affinity group. He is a member of the Mental Health Advisory Council (MAHC) with the Department of Veterans Affairs--Washington D.C. He is a trained peer-support specialist and co-leads a mixed group for transgender, gender-nonconforming and non-binary individuals twice a month. He volunteers as much time as possible to LGBTQ organizations throughout D.C.
As a man of the transgender experience, Maverick hopes to use his education, both professional and personal, to mentor transmasculine youth. More importantly, Maverick is an advocate and is highly motivated to help the individuals at the national and state levels, understand issues from a human perspective, especially when it affects the transgender population.