Racism Under The Rainbow
SPECTRUM QUEER MEDIA
honoring our intersections
In March 2015, Independent Lens, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series, honored sQm Founder/CEO KIN FOLKZ when they chose to feature Kin Folkz with other amazing Social Changemakers + Human Rights Champions.
Lauded by the Huffington Post, and co-featured in the 2020 GLAAD award-nominated documentary “State of Pride” Kin Folkz is a celebrated educator, human rights artivist, author, and community organizer.
As the co-founder of The East Bay’s very 1st LGBTQIA+ Healing Arts Center, Digital Archive + Gallery, Kin and a collaborative of QTBIPOC + Ally interdisciplinary artists and health practitioners based in Oakland, California, offer the global community creative opportunities for holistic wellness through culturally competent, accessible workshops, interdisciplinary art programs, innovative community-building events, and human rights advocacy.
As the founder of Spectrum Queer Media (sQm) - an internationally recognized Oakland based LGBTQIA rights, media, and creative arts advocacy organization formed in 2009, Kin 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 town hall conversations, art, performance, exhibits, screenings, workshops, and community actions.
sQm’s programming includes Kin’s Racism Under the Rainbow workshop series, that works with multiple communities and agencies to bring both the conversation and practice of equity to the forefront in the LGBTQIA+ community. sQm also offers the Oakland Queer +Trans Open Mic - an internationally recognized weekly collective self-care healing arts circle.
As a 54v y/o, GNC, Black Indigenous, autistic, activist, and parent with Lupus, Kin is a sought after diversity, inclusion, and equity workshop leader and panelist. Kin’s engagements include: Square's Neurodiversity Week series keynote speaker; AfroTech's QueerAfrofuturistik keynote speaker; UC Berkeley Intergeneration400 panelist, The Museum of the African Diaspora’s Queer, Black. Here panelist, WorkDay’s Pride Re-Imagined: Pride Community and Solidarity panelist; Walmart’s Trans Day of Remembrance keynote speaker; and NASA’s Black Heritage keynote speaker.
Kin, co-directs Omni: The Bi/Pan/Trans Women and Transmen of Color Network and is a Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project board member. Kin, an Oakland Pride founding board member, created the Annual Oakland Pride Creative Arts & Film Fest, the Oakland Pride Run, Ball and Wellness Expo (celebrating its 5th year), and the Queer Art Crawl to celebrate LGBTQIA+ creatives.
In 2018, Kin was awarded the Hear Me Roar Humanitarian Award, selected as the 2018 SF Pride Grand Marshal by an international community vote, and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco issued a proclamation extending their highest commendation to honor Kin's committed role as a valued community catalyst for evolved thought and action through the arts. On Sept. 4th, 2019, Mayor Libby Schaaf declared it Kin Folkz Day in recognition of Kin's contributions to the healing arts and Kin's role in upholding Oakland's reputation as an art lover's international destination city.
In Kin's downtime, they read works by and about James Baldwin and Octavia Butler, compose music, practice meditation, play West African drums, catch up on their sci-fi and spy-thriller series, garden and crochet.