Kin FolkzCommunity Grand MarshalSelected by Public Vote
Community Grand MarshalKin Folkz is an award-winning educator, human rights artivist, author, community catalyst, founder of the Oakland Pride Creative Arts & Film Fest, the founder of the Oakland Queer +Trans Open Mic, Oakland LGBTQ Center’s Healing Arts Director, a member of Black Lives Matter Bay Area and Queer Black Lives Matter. With a MA in Ethnic Studies (SFSU) and both a MA and PhD abd in Education (Stanford University), Kin’s work has been lauded by the Huffington Post and presented within and outside of the US including Japan, South Africa, and Jamaica.
Kin is the CEO and co-founder of SpectrumQueerMedia.com (SQM) – an internationally recognized LGBTQIA rights, media and creative arts advocacy organization. SQM promotes social justice, visibility and voice for all marginalized LGBTQIA people and allies in the areas of INTERSECTIONAL JUSTICE, RACIAL EQUITY, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS and HOLISTIC WELLNESS via community town hall conversations, workshops and community-led events.
Kin Folkz, the founder of Omni: The Bi/Pan/Trans Women and Transmen of Color Network, has collaborated with over 500 artivists and over 200 organizations, led TLGBQ+ Rights and Equity workshops in schools (k-12), colleges, universities and conferences (recently at the 33rd Empowering Women of Color Conference at UC Berkeley) for several years, taught at Stanford and consulted with SFUSD.
Kin leads mindfulness workshops for businesses and organizations – including NASA and most recently The Oakland LGBTQ Center (Racism Under The Rainbow). Kin coordinates direct actions as a BLM and a Black Queer Rights (TLGBQ+ POC) Bay Area organizer – i.e. Vigil for Black Lives (in Oakland) and Black Out (in the Castro). In addition to on-the-ground grassroots work – Kin co-founded REVOLVE Creative Arts + Film Fest, The Oakland Pride Run, and facilitates the weekly Oakland LGBTQ+ Open Mic – an internationally recognized collective self-care circle.