For the past 5 years, the body-positive movement has culminated and impacted people world wide. More recently, the eating disorder provider world has demonstrated interest in a social justice framework. It is thanks to interrupters and activists that these communities are expanding notions and holding overdue conversations. This panel is for our community members, providers and activists seeking knowledge and validation. Join us as we interview leading folks from the field to address: white supremacy, the needs of transgender folks seeking support, body-positivity and indigeneity and more.
Elizabeth is a Filmmaker and Editor currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked on numerous narrative shorts, documentaries, commercials and branded digital content; Elizabeth is now in Pre-production for her first feature film called “Me Little Me”, which follows a black woman trying to stay recovered from her eating disorder while also facing all of life’s other challenges. Elizabeth hopes this film will shed a light on eating disorders among women of color and most importantly how much work truly goes into staying recovered.
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Sonya’s work as a highly sought-after award-winning Performance Poet, activist, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author of two books, including The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love (Berrett-Koehler Feb 2018), educator and thought leader who has enlightened and inspired organizations, audiences and individuals from board rooms to prisons, universities to homeless shelters, elementary schools to some of the biggest stages in the world.
Shilo George—who identifies as mixed-race Indigenous, queer, and a person of size—is a social worker with more than twenty years of experience and a master’s degree in adult learning and education from Portland State University.
Her new business, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, LLC, seeks to provide educational services and trainings on topics surrounding Indigeneity, fatness, and queerness. Since its inception in August 2017, Shilo has worked primarily with the health care community, speaking at conferences and developing workshops on the harm of weight stigma and fat phobia. Based upon the Body Sovereignty Project framework, her trainings range from purely informative, providing attendees a chance to reflect and increase their emotional intelligence of the topics at hand, to in-depth reviews of internal policies and procedures, to customized trainings.
Lisa Marie Alatorre
Lisa Marie Alatorre MA is born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, she is currently based out of Middle Tennessee. She is a Queer Fat Femme of Indigenous, Mexican, and Jewish descent. Lisa Marie’s work as a community organizer and policy advocate have had direct impacts on preserving the rights of people of color and homeless & poor people locally and nationally, including fighting back criminalization, incarceration, and demanding housing and basic needs. She is a social justice activist and educator with over 18 years professional work experience from a PIC Abolition and Anti-oppression movement building framework and currently works as a national consultant. Lisa Marie earned her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration where she focused on Community Organizing and Public Policy. Her long list of passions include voraciously reading, traveling anywhere, cooking+baking all things gluten free, making/altering clothes, gardening, volunteering, learning, and media-making.
Caleb Luna is a writer, activist, teacher, performer, fat babe and Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. They are interested in to the cultural and sociohistorical meanings ascribed to fatness in the current colonial moment, and how meaning is mapped on to bodies broadly for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a colonial heirarchy. Their dissertation project considers this question specifically through on the mutually constitutive relationship between bodies, discourse and cultural production. They are a co-author of the forthcoming Body Sovereignty: Fat Politics and the Fight for Humans Rights (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2019). You can find more of their writing online on Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism and The Body Is Not An Apology, and in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color.
Dr. Joy Cox
Dr. Joy Cox is a fat activist and researcher using her skill set to foster social change through the promotion of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Being a Black fat woman, she has used her platform to amplify the voices of those often overlooked in society, bringing attention to matters of intersectionality addressing race, body size, accessibility, and "health."
She currently hosts the podcast, Fresh Out the Cocoon, giving a platform to Black fat women & femmes in the community, centering their experiences. In teaching, she inspires learners to find their voice and confidently share ideas, making learning fun, relatable and empowering. In speaking, she is the voice of an overcomer, looking to propel others into a place of success fueled by their own passion and skills. She is a mover and shaker, undeterred by obstacles and energized by hope.
Dr. Sand Chang
Dr. Sand Chang is a Chinese American clinical psychologist, educator, and writer based in Oakland, CA. Sand identifies as queer, nonbinary, and genderfluid and uses they, them pronouns. They regularly present at conferences and provide trainings on a wide number of topics for health care systems, educators, and organizations.
Sand’s upcoming book, A Clinician’s Guide to Gender-Affirming Care: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, which they co-authored with their colleagues Drs. lore dickey and Anneliese Singh, will be published by New Harbinger in late 2018.