Gilligan - Gendercast Social Media and East Coast Outreach Intern (April 2012 - )
Gilligan is a student and queer activist. He studies Theater and Physics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and devotes his spare time to more theatre, studying queer theory, working as an activist, and music. He started becoming involved with queer rights in high school, where he founded a GSA and worked to start a Safe Space program. Since then, he’s worked at inclusion and awareness events related to safe sex and LGBTQ, etc. topics on campus, and started a trans* issues zine series with a fellow student.
Gilligan works to create and give voice to queer theatre pieces in Maryland; Washington, DC; and the surrounding middle East-Coast area. He is creating as a thesis project an original theatrical work that explores gender presentation as performance, in daily life and onstage, along with the unique experience transgender performers face looking at gender through those lenses. As the East Coast and Social Media Intern for Gendercast, Gilligan works to connect resources, activists, projects, and experiences between the two coasts through their social media outlets and through hands-on activism work and reporting.
Gilligan self-identifies as male, lad, and gentleman, with trans*gender experience. Though he was assigned “female” at birth, he also identifies his sex as male. His favorites include mashed potatoes, playing the drums, formalwear, playing basketball, singing, photography, and finding and reading historical queer literature.
Marissa Adams - Gendercast Coordinator/Intern (Sept - Dec 2011)
Marissa Adams is a queer activist. They self-identify as genderqueer/genderfluid and currently live in Seattle with their trans-male identified partner. They grew up in Oakland, CA, and attended Bishop O'Dowd catholic high school. Marissa is a Community Studies major at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), with an emphasis in queer & trans/gender studies, healthcare inequalities and feminist science. Community Studies is a social justice and activism focused major. Marissa has been an intern with the Santa Cruz Queer Youth Task Force (SC QYTF), a non-profit, and worked to help coordinate the 2011 Queer Youth Leadership Awards (QYLA).
With the SC QYTF, they also have done grant research work as an independent consultant, on the Safe Schools Project. They moved up to Seattle from Santa Cruz to do a six month academic field study internship with Seattle Out & Proud as Outreach Team Coordinator, spending much of their time in policy development.
Marissa has decided to spend their last remaining months in Seattle working as Gendercast’s Coordinator, and is also currently working at their first paid staff position as Assistant Coordinator of SC QYTF's 2012 Queer Youth Leadership Awards. They will by moving back to UCSC in December to work on QYLA, complete classes and prepare to teach a class in spring, entitled, "Queer Health," before graduating in June. After graduation, Marissa is hoping to find more work with queer issue focused non-profits.
Joe Langholt - Audio