Jeanne Vaccaro co-organizes the NYC TOHP. She is a Mellon fellow in feminist arts & sciences at UC Davis and the curator of Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics, organized for the Cooper Union.
AJ Lewis co-organizes the NYC TOHP. He is a postdoctoral fellow in gender, women's, and sexuality studies at Grinnell College and is interested in how LGBT communities have historically drawn from nontraditional organizing tactics such as magic as alternatives to state-sanctioned reform structures.
Michelle Esther O’Brien is NYC TOHP’s part-time staff working with the NYPL. She brings years of community organizing, including in labor unions, HIV and AIDS services, and trans movements. She is currently a grad student researching the class politics of NYC’s LGBTQ movements.
Sebastián Castro Niculescu is a former intern turned collective member with the NYC TOHP. She is a trans Latina writer, artist, organizer/curator and performer originally from the NYC metropolitan area. Sebastián is currently a Mellon fellow studying Ethnic Studies at Brown University and Sculpture at RISD. Her research lies between Latinx Studies, Trans Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Performance Studies.
Kiara St. James has been a community organizer for some 20 years. Kiara has spent the last 17 years meeting with legislators to discuss the importance of passing the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act. Kiara is the founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG inc), an organization that is Trans-led and intent on creating new opportunities for the Trans community.
Adelaide/Matthew Dicken is a non-binary Pisces transwoman theatre-maker and resource-mover of European descent living in a collective home in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She organizes in grassroots abolitionist movements committed to mutual aid for incarcerated queer and trans people of color, freeing criminalized survivors, and building support structures towards economic self-determination for people working for trans & disability justice.
Kamryn Wolf is a queer and nonbinary activist, artist and graduate student at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, where they are studying chaplaincy and spiritual care with transgender and gender nonconforming people. They bring to NYC TOHP a concern with care work, spirituality, racial and economic justice, and collective action.
Jaime Shearn Coan is a writer and PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He currently serves as a Mellon Digital Publics Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, and lectures in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance at Queens College. He has written and published widely.
Jamie Magyar tags and transcribes interviews for the NYC TOHP, among other things. He works in the publishing industry and lives in Brooklyn.
Jay Toole is an activist and storyteller with over fifteen years of experience organizing around LGBT homelessness issues, and forty years of experience navigating homelessness herself in NYC. From 2002-2012, Jay was a co-founder and Shelter Director at Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), which became the first LGBT organization to facilitate support groups for queer individuals within the NYC shelter system.
Elliott Maya was a community outreach intern for the NYC TOHP. They are a black nonbinary writer who graduated from Grinnell College with an undergraduate degree in English; gender, women’s, and sexuality studies; and American studies. Their research focuses on the lives and well-being of black trans women, black butch women, and black non-binary individuals.
Ric interned with the NYC TOHP. They graduated from Grinnell College and currently work for a queer youth advocacy nonprofit in Iowa.