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Live Drag Production - April 24, 2021

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Session 1:

Topic: LGBTQ Trans Topic

Presenter: T. S. Banks (He, Him, His)

Founder, Loud 'N Unchained Theatre Co.- Madison, Wisconsin

T. Banks is disability justice and mental wellness advocate, poet and playwright from Madison, WI.  A First Wave Scholar and graduate of UW Madison. T. recently launched his own Black, Queer, and Trans led arts company called Loud ‘N UnChained Theater Co. Which is also home to LNU Black Theater Festival premiering spring 2021. As a Black, trans and  queer person with a disability, T believes the Movement for Black Lives must be intersectional and deeply connected to the struggle to end patriarchy, specifically as it manifests as violence against Black trans folks. His work addresses the need for the Black Liberation Movement to be accessible to those with mental wellness challenges and/or physical disabilities as well as fight for the ability of these populations to regain their autonomy outside of this capitalist society.

Session 2:

Topic: LGBTQ Policy

Presenter: Keenan Crow (Them, They, Theirs)

Director of Policy & Advocacy, One Iowa

Keenan Crow has been active in Iowa politics since 2010 when they interned with Chris Hall’s campaign for Iowa State Representative. Since then, they have been involved with several nonprofit organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. They were also involved in One Iowa’s campus group at the University of Northern Iowa.

Keenan obtained a BA in Political Communications and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa. They are a 2018 New Leaders Council fellow.

Session 3:

Topic: LGBTQ Mental Health

Presenter: Dr. Joel Marc Filmore, EDD, LCPC (He, Him, His)

Professor, Northwestern University - Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Joel Filmore is a professor, clinical counselor, author, and public speaker. He earned his Doctorate in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University. He is a Core Faculty member, and staff therapist, at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He specializes in affective disorders (depression, anxiety, anger...etc.), trauma & abuse issues/survivors, LGBTQ Issues, multiculturalism, sex-trafficking, sex offender issues, as well as addictions/substance abuse.


Friday, April 23, 2021

Session 1:

Topic: Intersectionality 

Presenter: Sakara Wages (She, Her, Hers)

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Sakara Wages was born and raised in Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from UW-Platteville, a Master of Social Work degree from UW-Madison and is in the fourth year of the doctoral program. Wages is a lecturer, a teaching assistant, and the programs and operations assistant at the Progress Center for Black Women (Madison, WI). She also owns Subversive Social Work, where she works as a Mentor and Antiracist Educational Consultant. Wages also works alongside key Black community stakeholders in Platteville to co-create BlkPlattCom. In her free time, she chases Black joy, Black autonomy, and Black liberation.

Session 2:

Topic: Drag 101

Presenter: Bryanna Banx$ & Montell Infiniti-Ross 

Session 3:

Topic: LGBTQ Health

Presenter: Cody Shafer

Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of HIV & Hepatitis 

Cody J. Shafer is the Prevention Services Coordinator with the HIV Special Projects Division of NuCara Pharmacy where he works closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis to implement HIV and viral hepatitis prevention programs.


Mr. Shafer was born and raised in rural Iowa before attending the National Academy for Arts, Science, and Engineering and The University of Iowa. Since 2008, Mr. Shafer has worked in various levels of HIV prevention, testing, and programmatic/policy development. While his work is largely focused on biomedical HIV prevention strategies, case-finding, and effective linkage-to-care, Mr. Shafer is dedicated to addressing structural barriers that inhibit access to prevention and care services in rural communities in an effort to increase health equity and decrease health disparities in Iowa.