Arbor Archuletta, MA, (Arts and Culture Chapter Author) is an educator on LGBTQ and women's studies, a trans artist and activist, and all-around lover of bad bands who do great music.
Florence Ashley (Social Transition Chapter Author) is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist from Tio'tia:ke (also known as Montreal) whose work spans a wide range of trans social, legal, and health issues, and who served as the first openly trans law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Alexandre Baril, P.D. in Women's Studies, (Disabilities Chapter Author) is a trans disabled man and an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa, specializing in diversity, including sexual, gender, (dis)ability, and linguistic diversity.
Sarah Belawski (Intimate Relationships Chapter Author) is a trans woman author, musician, and activist from Albany, NY.
Gaines Blasdel (Surgical Transition Chapter Author) is a transgender man who has worked with LGBTQ teens in New York City, written about T/GE healthcare for community and academic audiences, and currently does research on gender affirming surgery outcomes.
Jennifer Finney Boylan (Afterword) is the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York; a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times; and a member of the Board of Trustees of PEN America. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There, was the first bestselling work by a transgender American.
Junior Brainard (Parenting Chapter Author) is a transgender man who lives in Philadelphia where he teaches community college English, is a co-president of his local union, and lives with his partner and 4 year old kid.
Sasha Buchert (Legal Issues Chapter Author) hails from lovely Portland, Oregon and is now an attorney fighting for trans rights at Lambda Legal in Washington, D.C.
Tamar C. Carmel, MD, (Former TBTS Board Member, Health & Wellness Section Editor) is a community psychiatrist and program creator and Medical Director of Mental Health Services at an LGBTQ+ health center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Sarah Cavar (they/them) (Disabilities Chapter Author) received their B.A. in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College in 2020; a writer and peer mentor, their interests sit at the nexus of queer, trans, disability, and Mad studies.
Sand Chang, PhD, (they/them) (TBTS Board Member, Who We Are Section Editor, Mental Health & Emotional Wellness Chapter Author) is a Chinese American, Oakland-based, nonbinary, genderfluid psychologist and trainer who specializes in gender, sexuality, trauma, and eating disorders.
Erica Chu (Arts and Culture Chapter Author) is a Visiting Lecturer in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago; they also teach English and Global Asian Studies courses.
A.C Demidont, MD, (Medical Transition Chapter Author) is an Connecticut-based AMAB, Transfemme identifying, femme-drogynously expressing, Queer Radical Witch and Infectious Diseases/Internal Medicine Physician whose journey as a LGBTQ healthcare practitioner, researcher, academician and innovator has given her the opportunity to participate in everything from individual patient care, teaching healthcare professionals TGNC/Queer medicine, and writing CT guidelines for ending the HIV epidemic to creation of a new and innovative LGBTQ Healthcare center in CT. She currently serves as Gilead Sciences' Principal Medical Scientist for HIV Prevention, covering New England and Upstate NY, and the Medical Chair of the Board of Directors for Anchor Health Initiative.
Qwo-Li Driskill (U.S. History Chapter Author) is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit writer, performer, and activist and an Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.
Alan Dunnigan (Living as Ourselves Section Editor) is a queer trans attorney advocating on behalf of unhoused people with disabilities in Oakland, California, and has been serving the LGBTQ community since 2006 with the LGBT National Hotline.
E. Kale Edmiston, PhD, (Sex & Gender Development Chapter Author) is a trans neuroscientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he researches the brain in anxiety disorders.
Ray Edwards, M.A., (TBTS First Edition Survey Coordinator) is a public health researcher studying the intersection of health insurance and gender affirming care. They worked as Survey Coordinator for the first edition of Trans Bodies Trans Selves, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data on issues presented in this book faced by the TGNC community.
Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, (Book Editor, TBTS Board Member, Sex and Gender Development Chapter Author) is a psychiatrist working in emergency and LGBTQ mental health in New York City.
Kung Feng (Activism, Politics, and Organizing Chapter Author) is the executive director at Jobs with Justice San Francisco, a labor and community alliance that builds power for working class communities.
Miqqi Alicia Gilbert (AKA Michael A. Gilbert) (Sex and Gender Development Chapter Author) is a professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, and a life-long committed cross-dresser.
A. Ikaika Gleisberg, PhD, (TBTS Board Member, Claiming Our Power Section Editor) is a queer and trans mixed-race activist-scholar of Kanaka 'Oiwi descent who teaches in the Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department at San Francisco State University.
Nick Gorton (General, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Chapter Author) is a gay and transgender physician. In addition to his Emergency Medicine practice, he volunteers weekly as a primary care provider for transgender patients at Lyon-Martin Health Services. He is a lead clinician for TransLine, the National Clinical Consultation Line. He has worked as a medical consultant for the Transgender Law Center, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the New York Legal Aid Society, the ACLU, the Northwest Justice Project, Lambda Legal, and the NCLR. He is an active member of WPATH.
Leigh Anne Gregory, PhD, (Aging Chapter Author) is trans woman and a retired Professor of History, who is active as a representative of and as a member of the Community Advisory Committee of LGBTQ Healthcare at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Sha Grogan-Brown (Art Editor) is an anti-racist white queer trans dad from the Washington, D.C. area. He is the Deputy Director of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), and has worked to strengthen movements for social justice since the late 90s.
Hilary Maia Grubb, MD, (General, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Chapter Author) is a genderqueer psychiatrist and educator who provides clinical care to trans* and queer communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and develops curricula in cultural humility with gender diverse populations for mental health professionals.
Vern Harner, MSW, (Survey Team Member) is a femme, nonbinary, and chronically ill PhD Candidate in Social Welfare at the University of Washington whose work focuses on trans intracommunity support.
Benji Hart (Activism, Politics, and Organizing Chapter Author) is Black queer femme writer, artist, and educator living in Chicago, advocating and organizing for police and prison abolition.
Stephanie Luz Hernandez (TBTS Board Member) is a queer Latinx trans-femme and gender health therapist that works with trans & non-binary youth and adults at Kaiser's Multi-Specialty Transitions Department in Oakland, CA, as well as in private practice.
Tobi Hill-Meyer (Sexuality Chapter Author) is an indigenous chicana trans woman with 15 years experience working in nonprofits, serving on boards, and consulting in nonprofit management. She is editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, author of children's books A Princess of Great Daring and Super Power Baby Shower, and director of the award-winning erotic documentary series Doing it Online. Currently, she serves as Co-Executive Director for Gender Justice League.
Maria Carmen Hinayon (Immigration Chapter Author) is a California-based Filipina-American civil rights attorney who represents clients from the transgender community, LGBTQ+ community, and communities of color. Aside from her legal education and training, Ms. Hinayon draws inspiration and perspective from her lived experiences as a transgender woman of color, immigrant, and survivor of discrimination, poverty, homelessness, and violence.
Paul Irons (Medical Transition Chapter Author) is currently a urological surgery resident in the south, who previously worked with LGBTQ patients throughout the northeast while in medical school, and plans to continue working with transgender patients in his career.
Kevin Johnson, MD, (TBTS Board Member, Relationships & Families Section Editor, Short Piece Editor) is a queer, multiracial (Black and Hawaiian), mahu-identified addiction psychiatrist who lives and works in Upstate New York.
Mira C. Jourdan, PhD, (Our Selves Chapter Author) is a board-certified neuropsychologist and consultant based in Michigan, who is passionate about supporting autistic people and traumatic brain injury patients, and who engages in public and organizational education and advocacy around gender and sexual diversity.
Harper Benjamin Keenan, PhD, (Our Selves Chapter Author) has worked in the field of K-12 education for more than a decade, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Research in Education at the University of British Columbia.
Aidan Key (Children Chapter Author) is a gender educator, speaker, and author whose work centers on K-12 gender diverse children and their families. He is the founder of the long-running Gender Odyssey conference; national school and workplace trainings through genderdiversity.org; and his newly-launching family support program, transfamilies.org.
Pony Knowles (Aging Chapter Author) is a gay trans man with a deep love for intersectional and intergenerational organizing, formerly the National Engagement Manager at SAGE, and currently a senior Campaigns strategist at Change.org.
Kai Koumatos (Assistant Survey Editor) is a queer transman who currently works with homeless veterans in Northern California.
Mel Kutner (Survey Team Member) is a trans scholar and doctoral candidate in Critical Studies of Educational Theory and Practice at The University of Georgia who holds a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and has a background in special education research, policy, and technical assistance.
Joseph Liatela (Arts and Culture Chapter Author) is an artist and trans person based in New York City who makes work about the institutional, cultural, and medico-legal ideas of what is considered a "complete" or "correct" bodily formation, and is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University.
Jiz Lee (Sexuality Chapter Author) is a porn polymath and a key player in the queer porn movement. In their many years in the adult film industry, Lee has worked as an adult film performer, producer, author, and speaker.
Andie Leslie (Intimate Relationships Chapter Author) is a nonbinary Latinx/black mixed-race person of color working as a therapist and training to become a clinical psychologist.
Ethan Czuy Levine (Survey Team Member) is a transmasculine Jewish atheist who advocates for abuse survivors and currently works as an Assistant Professor at Stockton University in New Jersey.
Nathan Levitt (Surgical Transition Chapter Author) is a queer, white, transgender Family Nurse Practitioner who works at NYU Langone Health's gender affirming surgery program in NYC and has been working in transgender health as a health care professional, trainer, educator, and advocate for over 20 years.
Andrés C. López (U.S. History Chapter Author) is an Afro-Latinx trans and queer writer, poet, musician, and scholar whose activism, pedagogy, historiographic work, and artistic projects center the lives and experiences of queer and trans folks of color.
Mx. Nillin Lore (Sexuality Chapter Author) is a queer, non-binary, polyamorous, award winning sex blogger and erotica author who also provides LGBTQIA+ diversity training and inclusive sex education around the Canadian prairies.
Jamie E. Mehringer, MD, (Medical Transition Chapter Author) is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, and a member of the trans community.
Kelsey Pacha, M.A., M. Div., (TBTS Board President, Survey Editor, Religion & Spirituality Chapter Author, Relationships & Families Section Editor) is the owner of Kelsey Pacha Consulting, providing cultural humility training, group facilitation, and policy guidance with special expertise at the nexus of gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, and mental health.
J. Purnell, (Survey Team Member) is a nonbinary, queer clinical psychology PhD student. Their focus is in neuropsychology and promoting inclusive research and clinical practice.
Micah Rea, LMFT, (Intimate Relationships Chapter Author) is a psychotherapist who works with queer and trans communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
G. Nic Rider, PhD, (Youth Chapter Author) is an Asian American nonbinary/transmasculine queer licensed psychologist who works as an assistant professor at the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Co-Associate Director of Research at the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health.
Romeo Romero (Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Chapter Author) is a gender-fluid Boricua/Jewish poet, educator, and restorative+transformative justice practitioner currently residing in Western Massachusetts.
Dean Scarborough (Sexuality Chapter Author) is a white, queer, nonbinary trans guy from the Bay Area who does sex education in their spare time.
Nate Sharon (Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Chapter Author) is a pediatric psychiatrist who works to promote trans health education and health initiatives in New Mexico.
Jama Shelton (Survey Team Member) is Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Associate Director of the Silberman Center for Sexuality and Gender.
Sy Simms (Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Chapter Author) is a Black, Transgenderqueer, Afrofuturist, scholar-practitioner examining the roles of race and gender in Higher Education.
Anneliese Singh (she/they) (Life Stages Section Editor) is a genderqueer femme, mixed-race South Asian, Sikh American who serves as Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University in New Orleans and is author of The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook and The Racial Healing Handbook.
Avy Skolnik, PhD (Social Transition Chapter Author) is a trans psychologist working in college counseling in western Massachusetts.
T. Evan Smith (Sex and Gender Development Chapter Author) is a trans man who has a PhD in developmental psychology and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Elizabethtown College.
Carey Jean Sojka, PhD (Intimate Relationships Chapter Author) is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Southern Oregon University whose research and teaching interests include transgender studies, embodiment, intersectionality, feminist and queer theory, activism, gender, sexuality, race, disability, and fatness. Sojka also founded the Trans and Queer Training program at Southern Oregon University which provides trainings and consultation services to the region.
Nicole Sowers (Legal Intern) is a LGBTQ student at Brooklyn Law School, class of 2021, who hopes to work in Civil Rights Law after graduation.
Colt St. Amand, PhD, MD (Youth Chapter Author) is a white transgenderqueer Two Spirit queer man, licensed psychologist, and physician who is completing a Family Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and teaches gender and sexual health at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston.
Kai Cheng Thom (Foreword) is an award-winning writer, performer, community worker, lasagna lover and wicked witch who resides in Toronto. Kai Cheng's books have been featured in The New York Times, Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf feminist book club, and on the CBC. Kai Cheng has worked extensively in the areas of gender-affirming healthcare and social services, mental health, and transformative justice.
Anastacia Tomson (Sex and Gender Development Chapter Author) is a medical doctor, author, and activist, who provides health care services for trans folk in South Africa, as well as education for students, health professionals, members of the South African judiciary, and the public.
Micah Vacatio, MSW, LICSW (Children Chapter Author) is a non-binary, queer social worker working with the LGBTQ+ community in rural Washington.
Reid Vanderburgh (Coming Out Chapter Author) is an honorary lesbian transman, married to a cisgender woman and proud to be a baritone in the Portland Gay Men's Chorus; he is the LGBT+ Inclusion Specialist at Friendly House in Portland, working to ensure local senior housing options are safe and welcoming environments for LGBT+ seniors.
Morgan Weinert, AGPCNP (Parenting Chapter Author) is a white, queer, and gender queer nurse practitioner from Saint Paul, MN.
Gavin Weiser (Survey Team Member) is a queer scholar who grew up in New Jersey, spent formative years of their life in the South, and now lives in the Midwest.
Jillian Weiss, JD, PhD (Work and Employment Chapter Author) is a lawyer representing trans people in discrimination cases in federal courts around the country.
Ezra Young, Esq. (Legal Issues Chapter Author) is a civil rights attorney and scholar based in New York City.
Lily Zheng (Work and Employment Chapter Author) is a queer, Chinese-American trans woman and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area.