Princeton University

2013 Speakers

We hand pick our speakers to bring you the best possible lineup with the most diverse range of experiences.

Janet Mock

#keynote #GirlsLikeUs

JANET MOCK is a writer who stepped onto the national stage in 2011 with a catalytic profile about her journey to womanhood in Marie Claire magazine. After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman, Janet focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. She currently writes and speaks about her experience of living at the intersections of identities.

Kay Ulanday Barrett


A CAMPUS PRIDE 2009 Hot List artist and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree, Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a pin@y-amerikan disabled transgender person in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Based in NY/NJ, with Chicago roots, K’s work is a mix of gritty city flex and Midwest open sky grounded in homeland soil. In ensemble and in solo work, K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. turns art into action, as a dedicated activist who serves LGBTQ youth and adores remixing recipes.



DarkMatter is a queer South Asian performance and literary arts duo. We make noise, perform spoken word, write excessively, facilitate workshops, and flail our arms around. They are committed to building radical queer movements and bodies that resist white supremacy and imperialism and like making art that thinks about these, and other what ifs. Their work deals broadly with empire, desire, microflora, ancestry, apocalypse, and the Future. They write for Black Girl Dangerous (an online forum for QTPOC), and work with the Rootspace Design Collective.

Staceyann Chin


watch me lose my acquired manners see me run wild woman loose skin stop asking me to be still kill me if you will I intend to run circles round this tight white drawers you have put me in

Kai Davis

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Steven Fullwood

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James Saslow

Professor James Saslow's teaching interests focus on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque period, with special interests in gender and sexuality in art and the visual aspects of the theatre. He has taught topics in the period 1300-1750 such as mythology and art, sexuality and gender, the city of Florence, Michelangelo, and the classical tradition in architecture. A founding member of CUNY's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), and of the College Art Association's Queer Caucus for Art, he has written about both historical and contemporary arts addressed to homosexual and lesbian experience. His approach involves iconography, social history, and links between art and literature, which led him to translate the often homoerotic poetry of Michelangelo. He is currently working on a study of the outspokenly homosexual 16th-century artist Giovanni Bazzi (Il Sodoma), and a memoir of gay and lesbian culture.

Jeanne Cordova

Born at the dawn of the baby-boom generation, Jeanne Cordova has always been ahead of her time in catching the next wave of social change and taking a visionary leadership role in making a difference.

David Jay

David Jay is an American asexual activist. At the age of 15, Jay began considering himself asexual, and he came out as asexual while a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Frustrated with the lack of resources available regarding asexuality, Jay launched Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) website in 2002. Since then, he has taken a leading role in the asexuality movement, appearing on multiple television shows, and being featured heavily in Arts Engine's 2011 documentary (A)sexual. Its two main goals are to create public acceptance and discussion about asexuality and to facilitate the growth of a large online asexual community.

Julie Decker

Julie Sondra Decker is a writer, an aromantic asexual woman, a vegetarian, an eldest daughter, a soprano, a good speller, an editor, a creativity junkie, and a member of the under-five-feet-tall club. She types well over 100 words per minute and engages in binge writing when she's focused on a project.
Julie is also heavily involved in asexuality awareness activism and has given numerous interviews to various media on the subject. Her nonfiction book on the topic, So You Think You're Asexual, is represented by her nonfiction agent, Andrea Somberg, and it will be published in Fall 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing/Carrel Books.

Julio Salgado

Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com. His activist artwork has become a staple of the DREAM Act movement. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement. His work has been praised by OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3's Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. In July 2012, Salgado and other undocumented activists joined Jose A. Vargas on the cover of Time Magazine. Salgado graduated from California State Universitiy, Long Beach with a degree in journalism. To see more of his artwork and other collaborations, you can go to juliosalgado.com.

Kim Crosby

Kim Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. A queer survivor, she is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator. She completed her artist residency under D’bi Young at the AnitAfrika Theatre and also was a student of the Buddies In Bad Times Young Creator’s Unit, touring internationally with her one womyn play, “Hands In My Cunt” a biomythographical account of her resistance and experience of sexual violence. In over a decade of community organizing, she has worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice. She is inspired, honoured and driven by the incredible work of community activists past and present including Punam Kholsla, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mia Mingus and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Harlan Pruden

Harlan Pruden is a First Nations Cree scholar and activist. Born northeast Alberta, Canada, Pruden is a member of the Cree Nation. He came out as gay at age 17. After committing himself to sobriety almost 24 years ago, Harlan became the first person in his family to attend college. Pruden now devotes his life to First Nations community organizing and progressive causes. In addition to serving on the board of for the American Indian Community House’s Board, he co-foundered the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS), where he devotes much time and energy to revitalizing traditional cultural values, culture and ceremonies for two-spirit urban Native Peoples. He also is a co-chair of the National Native HIV/AIDS Coalition, one of the first national efforts within the HIV/AIDS field to include all of the two-spirit organizations and groups in the United States.

Jason Lydon

When Jason Lydon served six months in Georgia’s Muskogee County Jail more than a decade ago, he came to understand that LGBT people are the targets of violence in the prison system. Lydon’s incarceration provided a catalyst for his activism on behalf of LGBT people in the U.S. prison system. Since that time, Lydon’s advocacy has evolved from corresponding with individual prisoners to publicizing their plight and gathering support for their needs in and out of prison. Lydon’s personal experience of that violence as a gay white prisoner prompted him to found Black and Pink, an organization fighting for the rights of current and former LGBT prisoners and advocating for the abolition of the current prison system. Lydon would replace it with one that focuses on harm reduction by prioritizing reform, reducing punitive measures and improving community-based accountability.

Crystal Cheatham

Crystal Cheatham is an Acoustic Singer/Writer/Educatorand the Director of Programs for the IDentity Kit Project. Crystal has worked with churches and Universities across the United states by way of her freelance writing, touring as a singer/songwriter, andjoining Soulforce as an Equality Rider. As the author of The IDentity Kit: For Queer Christian Youth, Crystal now works to develop the IDentity Kit Project to ensure that every LGBTQ youth knows their Higher Power loves them the way that they are. Crystal@YourIDK.com

Spectra Speaks

Spectra is an award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist. Spectra is also the founder and executive editor of Queer Women of Color Media Wire (www.qwocmediawire.com), a media advocacy and publishing organization that amplifies the voices of lesbian, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender women of color, diaspora, and other racial/ethnic minorities around the world. She is currently traveling through Southern Africa offering social media, online fundraising, communications, and strategic events outreach training to African women’s NGOs and non-profits. She is also collecting stories from LGBT Africa for an anthology.

Ngoc Loan Tran

Việt/mixed-race immigrant, queer and gender weird disabled writer, storyteller and aspiring educator. loan was born in southeast asia and came to the united states with their mother, father and older brother in the mid-90's. loan and their family ultimately made home in the U.S South where they feel deeply and spiritually connected to the sacred legacies of survival, resistance, beauty and creation of this region. loan's justice work over the past few years has been centered around racial and im/migrant justice, queer and trans liberation, economic justice and an end to all kinds of interpersonal violence. they have put in action this focus through trainings, workshops, speaking engagements, keynote speeches and most dear to their heart: writing and storytelling. loan's words seek to trace the matrilineal history of their roots, telling of a story between a weird daughter and their even weirder mother navigating each other's journey home. in this past year, loan has taken some serious measures to act on values of self-care and have come to affirm their disabled reality and currently seeks to understand how we can truly have a visionary collective liberation in which everyone's contributions are valued, whether they are made standing, lying, limping, rolling from the streets to the homes to the bedrooms.

Amita Swadhin

Amita Swadhin is an LA-based, NYC-bred educator, storyteller, activist and consultant dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. She believes change makers have a responsibility to involve directly-affected constituents in crafting solutions to social problems, and that these solutions must include an intersectional analysis of oppression, power and privilege. Her commitments and approach to this work stem from her experiences as a queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and survivor of child abuse.

Darnell Moore

Darnell L. Moore is an educator, writer, and activist. His work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. His essays, social commentary, poetry, and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues.He is an Editorial Collective Member of The Feminist Wire and co-author of a bi-monthly column on Huffington Post Gay Voices focused on black manhood and queer politics titled "Tongues Untied."

Imani Henry

Since 1993, Imani has been a Staff Organizer at the International Action Center (IAC), where his work has focused on national organizing of communities of color and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement toward broader social justice and anti-war campaigns. Over the years, Imani has worked behind the scenes to coordinate marches, rallies, demonstrations, direct actions, encampments, teach-ins, conferences and forums around the country.
Imani has organized to stop the gentrification of working class neighborhoods and to gain access to affordable housing, healthcare, education and jobs in the US. He has worked in solidarity to demand the right of return for Gulf Coast Hurricane survivors and to stop the racist attacks on immigrant communities. Since 1995, Imani has been part of the national anti-police brutality and anti-death penalty movements in the United States. Henry is the co-founder of Rainbow Flags for Mumia, a coalition of LGBTST people who demand the freedom of African- American political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu Jamal. As a staff member of The Audre Lorde Project, Imani was the program coordinator of TransJustice, the 1st political group of NYC created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color.

Mollena Williams

This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010. Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics.

Megan Andelloux

Megan Andelloux is a Clinical Sexologist and certified Sexuality Educator, accredited through The American College of Sexologists and The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Her innovative education programs, writing, social media presence, and ambitious speaking schedule has helped make her one of America’s most recognized and sought-after experts in the growing field of sexual pleasure, health, and politics.

Feminista Jones

I think of myself as a post-modern, sex-positive, Black feminist woman. That is a mouthful, but it basically means that I’m multi-faceted, at least in my expression of myself and my embodiment of feminism. I exist in a new era of critical thinking and self-identification. I promote the positive aspects of sex, sexuality, and sexual liberation. I’m Black and my race/culture inform an enormous amount of my values and perspectives. I am a feminist and as such, I believe that men and women should be treated equally and granted equal access to resources such as education, employment, government, etc. I am a woman. My idea of womanhood and femininity is my own and I own it.

Ignacio Rivera

gnacio G Rivera is a Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno, queer performance artist, activist, filmmaker, lecturer and sex educator who prefers the gender neutral pronoun “they.” Ignacio has been sharing spoken word, one-person shows, and storytelling internationally. Ignacio’s body of work has focused on gender and sexuality; specifically on queer, trans, kink and sexual liberation issues within a race/class dynamic.

Jiz Lee

Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn performer who built a name in the adult industry by presenting their genuine pleasure and unique gender expression on camera. Through an organic “self-agent” process, Jiz has worked in over 200 projects spanning five countries within indie, queer, and mainstream adult genres. Jiz has written about vulva diversity on Jezebel.com, on gender and porn in The Feminist Porn Book, and has taught queer sex workshops including “Fucking for Reel,” on pleasure and performative sex. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz blogs at JizLee.com.

Che Gosset

Che Gossett is a genderqueer activist and writer, a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, as well as to the forthcoming second volume of the Transgender Studies Reader. They are a steering committee member of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and a past Leeway grantee. Che curated the 10 year anniversary exhibit commemorating the history of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference at the William Way LGBTQ Center and recently collaborated with film-maker Luce Lincoln, to produce a short film on AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya for the Pop Up Museum of Queer History Philadelphia.


We have a great schedule planned for you guys. We hope you enjoy it.

5:00 PM — Registration @ Mathey Common Room
Event Location

Opening ceremony

the proud ivyQ Team
McCosh 50

Film Screening

McCormick 101
Friday February 2nd, 2014



Identity Open House





McCosh 50


Janet Mock

Film Screening

McCormick 101

Drag Ball

Field's Center MPR
Saturday February 3rd, 2014



Career Fair

Icahn Atrium




McCosh 50
6:00 - Break


Kay Ulanday Barrett
McCosh 50

Poetry Slam

Frist Gallery


Campus Club
Saturday February 3rd, 2014
11:00 — Send Off

Let's get to know each other!

Since, you have a little bit longer until you can register why don't you learn a little bit about us.


IvyQ is a conference which aims to create a pan-Ivy community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine their identities, value those of others, and understand intersectionality. The steps to achieving this vision are three-fold: creating experiences which foster meaningful and productive social networks; educating students about the history and multiplicity of voices in the LGBTQ movement and the possible trajectories of its future; and empowering all students to feel confident in their identities and their potential to instill positive change in their own lives and the communities they inhabit. IvyQ stresses the acknowledgment and application of privilege for positive and lasting social change for LGBTQ communities.


In Spring 2010, the first IvyQ conference was hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference lasted three days, attracting queer students and allies from all eight Ivy League schools. The conference has grown in size and scale each year since, attracting over 400 students at Columbia University in 2011, almost 500 at Brown University in 2012, about 500 at Yale University in 2013. This year, ivyQ will be hosted at Princeton University, from Febuary 6th to 9th 2013.

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IvyQ relies on funding from corporate sponsorships, grants, entry fees and contributions from individual donors in order to ensure accessibility to students. Without assistance, IvyQ attendees they would find participation to be too expensive. IvyQ is made possible by sponsors, individual school contributions, and donors. We'd appreciate it if you would support our sponsors for supporting IvyQ. If you would like to see your logo here or want to find a way to become involved, contact the Sponsorship Commitee for more information.