Carolyn WysingerPride Creativity Award
Pride Creativity Award
For outstanding artistic contribution to the LGBTQ communities.Carolyn Wysinger has worked fiercely in the LGBTQ community in a plethora of capacities. As a blogger, she has written timely and insightful articles for blogs such as Autostraddle, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous and Media Diversified. As an author, Carolyn published her first book, Knockturnal Emissions, which has been listed on LGBTQ essential reading lists at several universities. She has also had stories published in Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal as well as anthologies Near Kin and Louisiana in Words. As a Masculine of Center model, Carolyn has modeled for Saint Harridan, Dapper Boi and Kirrin Finch. She has walked the runway for Queer Fashion Week and is featured in Meg Allen’s photo book, “BUTCH.”
Carolyn has worked with various organizations to create queer spaces. She has served on the steering committee for Black Lesbians United and the board for the NIA Gathering for Same Gender Loving Women of African Descent. She currently sits on the board for the BUTCHVoices National Conference. In the area of politics, she is the former commissioner of Human Rights & Relations for the City of Richmond. She is a former Executive Board Member of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, where she worked on the campaign to elect Long Beach’s first out Mayor Robert Garcia. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County and is one of the founding members of the Black Dems of Contra Costa County.
As an educator and workshop leader, Carolyn has facilitated workshops at BUTCHVoices, Black Lesbians United, BLAQout Conference, and Gender Spectrum. She is a faculty member at Richmond High School, where she teaches English and African-American Literature, while also serving as advisor for their Black Student Union, Majorette Squad and LGBTQ Student club. Many people know her as a very big and very vocal LGBTQ social media personality and the host of The C-Dubb Show, which is a black queer podcast.