Meet our 2019 Keynote Speakers: Jeffrey Marsh and Kavi Ade

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Kavi Ade

Kavi Ade is an activist, arts educator and nationally recognized spoken word poet of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. Kavi received a BA in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change and Gender Justice from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Kavi Ade’s poetry is a lamentation, a leaning in to what haunts the spirit of a Black Trans Queer body. With poems that are deeply personal while inescapably political Ade’s work grapples with being set at the throne of violence. Using art as resistance they create transformative dialogue that aims to combat supremacist powers and heal communities that have been relegated to the margins of society. Through poetry and performance Kavi speaks on race, gender, sexuality, and social justice, chronicling despair, grasping at hope, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.

Kavi has given poetry readings and speeches, led workshops and spoken on panels in numerous cities and communities, including over 80 colleges and universities domestically and internationally. Kavi has featured at conferences such as IvyQ, The Five College Queer Conference, The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, the Transgender Health Conference and True Colors, the largest LGBTQ youth conference in the United States.

In 2016 Kavi received the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award that honors “women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work.”

 

Jeffrey Marsh

As a pundit for cable news, Jeffrey Marsh was the first openly nonbinary activist to appear on national television. Jeffrey was also the first nonbinary author with a "Big 5" publisher, Penguin Random House. Jeffrey’s best-selling self-esteem guide How To Be You, is an innovative, category-non-conforming work that combines memoir, workbook, and spiritual self-help. How To Be You topped O Magazine's Gratitude Meter and was named an Excellent Book of 2016 by TED-Ed.

Jeffrey is one of the world's foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history. Jeffrey has reported on LGBTQ topics for TIME, Variety, Dutch National News channel RTL-TV, NewsmaxTV and the BBC. Jeffrey has also been a Cultural Consultant in Nonbinary Affairs for New York University, the office of Chirlaine McCray (New York City's First Lady), GLAAD, MTV, Condé Nast's Them and Teen Vogue. As an author, Jeffrey was the first prominent public figure to use, and advocate the use of, they/them pronouns for trans and gender non-conforming people. Jeffrey has also offered comment in The New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Reuters, Huffington Post, and Bustle and has delivered keynote talks and participated on panels at university campuses worldwide, including NYU Florence, University of Texas Arlington, and Penn State. Currently, Jeffrey is developing several TV shows centered around issues of LGBTQ identity and stories.

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