Anastazia is excited to utilize the LYRIC Fellowship to further their leadership and relationship building in the trans and gender non-conforming communities. As a fellow Anastazia resonates their lived experience and inspiration in community through art, honing and owning body image and leading with love. When not honing and or owning their skills. Anastazia likes to paint, draw, find holistic healing practices, work on zines and bust some dance moves in the Castro.
JoJo is a queer Filipinx born and raised in San Francisco, California to Filipino immigrants. From their own experiences dealing with mental health illness and openly identifying as a gender non-conforming queer, they care about providing assistance to LGBTQQ youth who may have trouble finding support around them. Having been part of community building groups at LYRIC, they’ve built relationships and started developing leadership skills. Started as a summer intern, JoJo is now a part of the first cohort in LYRIC’s fellowship. Through the fellowship, JoJo has developed an interest in youth development and sees it as a potential career path in the future. You can find JoJo baking and creating new dessert recipes.
Kelsey is a trans chicanx who is an SF native born and raised in the Mission. They are passionate about health education specifically catering to trans/queer folks of color. Kelsey creates an impact in their community by showing up and presenting themselves as a young non-binary person. Kelsey has a passion to work with youth and children about bringing awareness about LGBTQ+ issues into the classroom. Around this work, they are open about explaining their gender identity to those who may not understand. They are learning new ways to love and take care of themselves to be the person they needed when they were younger. Kelsey loves to play soccer, ride their penny board and loves to try new food.
KrAy LiT is a multi-talented indigenous non-binary individual. They developed a passion in creating a space for others who carry such similarities at a very young age but discovered a lack of equality between each trait existed both for others. Overtime they have accomplished bringing awareness to this reality by creating art around it and showcasing it throughout the world in numerous of ways. It wasn’t until they began strictly writing and working on stage performances that they realized they want to use their love for the performing arts to assist others in mixing their lives with what they are passionate about and sharing their masterpiece by result of such a combination with the world. They believe that together we could render the existence of status, poverty, inequality, and all other things unjust and inhumane; one youthful piece at a time.”
Leif is a queer and black tech activist, born and raised in San Francisco. They’re currently studying computers, networks, and the politics behind them. As of right now, they’re also mentoring (and learning from) a high school robotics team. After getting the opportunity to learn and grow from the fellows who led a summer internship, Coco wanted to help and give back to LGBTQQ+ youth in the same way. Outside of studies and work, they like crafting, writing, and playing an occasional tabletop game.
Mina (they/them) is a first generation Queer, Indigenous, Coptic Egyptian, Non-Binary activist who leads through education, multi-media art, and community involvement. They have worked in workshop facilitation & creation for two years (2015-2017). During that time they worked with campus communities in educating students, faculty, and staff on numerous social, cultural, and political issues. They spend their days working part time at a jewelry store, taking short sweet walks around Lake Merritt, painting, and photographing. They are a Gemini for justice, are fond of safe spaces, and love to sing and look at memes on their free time. Mina’s looking forward to growing in their expressions of activism, art, and self-confidence through the lyric fellowship.
Nicolas is a transman who is passionate about trans rights and the rights of the brown community as well as figuring out ways he can better help inner city youth through art programs/ after school programs that are centered around film, photography, music and the arts. Nicolas has a strong passion in advocating for foster youth who feel they no longer have voice and help them express their voices through art and film. For the moment San Francisco is home and he loves everything about this city – including the cute little art museums that he discovers/rediscover on free day every month. Most days you’ll find him discovering a new coffee shop, reading a book, or writing.
Rose is a gender non-conforming system with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Throughout their childhood they moved constantly from town to town all across California until they finally found a sense of home and healing here in the Bay Area. Now Rose looks to provide others with that same feeling that they have found. It is through this fellowship that they hope to find the tools that will help them give back to a community that has given them so much. In time, they plan to further their education and work towards becoming a therapist specializing in mental illness within the LGBTQQ+ community. Even though they are relatively new to the area Rose is quickly building a social circle through which they are eager to meet and help new people. When not socializing, however, you can often find Rose in a quiet room reading.
Tiff is a queer third-generation Chinese-American born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. Tiff has roots in college campus activism, rural Vermont carpentry and queer & trans Swedish circles, and returned to the Bay Area to shape home(s). Tiff is enthusiastic about creating networks of care specifically for elders and youth, learning about relationships and trauma, and challenging ableism, assimilation and liberal facades. You’ll find Tiff biking, resting, and reviving a visual art practice. or writing a book, meditating, or possibly even playing a video game to relax.
Xariah, or Xar, is a proud, Black, non-binary, two-spirit, tri-racial, brown/black mental health awareness/foster youth advocate, and multimedia artist, who is passionate about creating dialogue pertaining to the intersections of privilege and oppression. Originally from San Francisco, they were taken into foster care and by the age of 7 were taken into kinship to maintain some stability, though still part of the system. In high school, Xar worked with a youth mentoring youth club which sparked their desire for youth advocacy. The passion they express today in their field of advocacy work stems from being a foster child with advocates that falsely represented them and their sibling, prompting them to opt out of the system at the time. Their journey to holistic wellness and self-care began that day. Xar discovered their artistic mediums of holistic health/wellness, decolonization work, ceremony, music, advocacy, activism, hiking, being in nature, fitness, and all art forms especially performance. through the ebbs and flows of trauma, interpersonal violence, and intersectional oppression. In their downtime, you can catch Xar at the nearest Regional Park getting to know the youth of their community in inner- city Antioch and San Francisco , cruising on their penny board, facilitating talks among people of all ages and walks of life, and plotting on artistic projects.
For more information about the LYRIC Fellowship, please contact Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org