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Trans Non-Binary Filipinx Activist & Educator; Creator of "Call Me They"
AC Dumlao, is a transgender non-binary first-generation Filipinx-American activist and educator, and creator of the Facebook page “Call Me They.” AC was named an “emerging voice” by NBC Asian America for their inaugural Redefine A to Z series, has been featured in Mashable’s “30 Days of Pride: The LGBTQ figures making history right now,” and has been named as a NPR "Source of the Week." Read More >
With “Call Me They,” they began their work of educating on the issues of non-binary visibility, Asian and Filipino representation, “genderfull” fashion and aesthetics, and much more, all through an intersectional lens. Their professional expertise is in working with companies' HR and D&I departments and LGBTQ+ ERGs and BRGs to advise on trans and non-binary inclusive policies, such as best practices on sharing gender pronouns in the workplace. They have been seen presenting at national LGBTQ+ conferences including The LGBTQ+ Bar’s Lavender Law, the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change, and the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference.
Highlights of their media work include co-hosting an advance screening/live talkback with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity and appearing on ABC News Live. AC’s activist work and words have been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, VICE Media, Allure Magazine, Business Insider, Autostraddle, Mic.com, and The Advocate and they have received honors from Parity and the New York State Comptroller. AC is the Chief of Staff at Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization that works to dismantle the systems of oppression in sport that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQI+ people.
Additionally, AC is passionate about providing representation to queer and trans young people of color and has given keynotes at high schools and colleges across the country. An alum of Vassar College, AC serves as co-chair of Vassar’s LGBTQ+ alums group and Board Director for Vassar’s Alumnae/i Association. AC lives and works with gratitude on the traditional and unceded homelands of the Lenape Canarsie people with their wife, Caitlin. Read Less ^
Explore More Summit 2019 Speaker: AC Dumlao
Making Non-Binary, Trans Stories Visible
A workshop focused on exploration and application of the lens of intersectionality with a focus on gender, involving participants self-reflection and active participation through different modes of activity.
This discussion is focused on transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse identities, history, media representation, and where we are today with trans rights and ending discrimination.
“AC gave a wonderful workshop that was both incredibly informative and fostered excellent discussion in a safe and welcoming environment. A much-needed voice on campus, AC not only spoke on the intricacies of being multiply marginalized and how to elevate those who are, but grounded it in lived experiences and a thorough understanding of intersectionality. They not only walk the walk, they also talk the talk. An absolute pleasure to have – knowledgeable and inspiring.”
“AC was incredibly professional. They provided several large groups a very comprehensive, compassionate and informational training session […] These best practices, case studies and background have allowed for our teams from multiple departments to have a keen understanding of what it means to be a trans or non binary ally. We are incredibly grateful for the experience, professionalism, feedback and the digestible presentation.”
“AC was so amazing and easy to talk to. Their event did a great job at breaking down larger topics and relating them to personal issues, as well as relevant current events that should be on all of our radars. The work they do is meaningful and inspiring, and they speak about it and about themselves with so much vulnerability and warmth. New people should follow and get to know AC because they are so warm and their personality comes through in their work and engagement with students. In addition, their social media presence illuminates and engages with important themes of self love and care.”
“Participating in AC’s workshop provided both myself and the entire team with more clarity on the topic of gender and identity. They fostered a safe-space, a forum for open discussion, with room to ask questions without judgment. Their presentation was engaging and dynamic, offering contemporary and historical examples to add richness to their presentation.”
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