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Kadeem Robinson (Assistant Curator)

Kadeem Robinson (they/them/he/him) is a Jamaican immigrant, writer, and public servant. Robinson developed a passion for social justice and advocacy upon witnessing violence against women and homophobia growing up in rural Jamaica. At 14, following a slew of homophobic incidents, they committed themselves to studying and learning as much as they can to alleviate interlocking structures of oppression.

Robinson emigrated to the New York City at age 16, and attended John Jay College where he studied Humanities and Justice Studies and Theatre Arts. Through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, the John Jay-Vera Fellows Program and the Urban Fellows Program, Robinson followed a path of advocacy through public service, government and direct service. They have pursued opportunities and have worked in Wellington, New Zealand, and Ningbo, China. Robinson currently works in local government as the LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator and Policy Associate to the Public Advocate of New York City, and joins the Caribbean Equality Project as the Secretary.

Masheka Joseph (Photographer)

Masheka Joseph (she/her/hers) is a self-taught portrait photographer. Born and bred on the Twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Masheka presently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Her introduction to photography began as a teenager, after finding her cousin’s DSLR camera laying around. Not one for the spotlight, she found a pleasant comfort behind the camera, and a newfound ability to view the world and the people in it. Joseph is a renowned queer and immigrant filmmaker and photographer. She is the proud owner of Akehsam Productions, a multimedia company with over a decade of experience in the curation of Caribbean LGBTQ oral stories & culture, and has designed the logo for Chutney Pride and Caribbean Equality Project.

Her ultimate goal is to form a bond with each client, even if it’s for a split second. The images she produces are done with the client’s individual authenticity as a benchmark. "A split second is all you need to capture the world, within someone else’s eyes."

More of Masheka’s photography can be found at: Facebook: @AkehsamProductions Instagram: @Akehsam_Photography, Website: www.akehsam.com

Kim Watson-Benjamin

Kim Watson-Benjamin (she/her/hers), is a mother, author of “The Modern Day Woman,” and woman of transgender experience who has been living with HIV for 30 years. She is the co-founder of Community Kinship Life (CK Life), an organization that provides services, resources, and support to transgender people. At age 23, after experiencing harassment in Barbados as an intersex woman, she migrated to New York City, hoping to escape the abuse and stigma. Two years after, as an undocumented immigrant, she experienced years of homelessness, engaged in survival sex-work, got involved in the West Village drag scene, overcame drug addiction, and ultimately dedicated 25+ years towards her work in trans advocacy. In 2015, Watson was featured in an article where she described facing deportation for being out of legal status, and how through active advocacy and representation, deportation proceedings were halted, and she is on track to obtaining legal permanent residence. Watson’s experience raised the issue that there are LGBTQ people from many Caribbean countries in the NYC area, predominantly Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, who out of fear live in the shadows, oftentimes without access to health care, mental health care, and legal status.

Sundari The Indian Goddes

Sundari – The Indian Goddess (she/her/hers) is a Guyana-born and an Indo-Caribbean drag entertainer, who currently resides in Far Rockaway, Queens. Sundari was discovered at the Raj Kumari Cultural Center in 2012, with the support of Prita Singh, Radha Singh, Denise Baboola & Detoxx Bu sti-ae, becoming the first Indo-Caribbean/Guyanese Drag Queen to perform in a non-LGBTQ+ musical production in Queens, NY. She is a trained Kathak, Orissi, Bollywood, Bhangra and Chutney dancer. Sundari performs frequently out of drag as well, under the moniker “International Dancer Zaman.” In either persona, Sundari is the only Indo-Caribbean, Guyanese Drag Queen who uses performing arts to promote Indo-Caribbean Arts & Culture and the multiple, intersectional identities of LGBTQ Caribbean immigrants in the New York diaspora.

Since 2012, Sundari has participated in various community events, rallies, actions, and placed 3rd in the 2013 Miss Gay Caribbean USA Pageant. She is a pioneer, having broken through various barriers in the New York Tri-State area and internationally.

Jahlove Serrano

Jahlove Serrano (he/him/his), a.k.a. Jahlisa A. Ross, is a health educator, youth advocate, HIV/AIDS activist, androgynous model/runway coach, Drag Queen, background dancer and choreographer to the stars. He is also a Bronx native of Belizean and Guatemalan descent. Serrano’s peer leadership began shortly before turning 16, when he contracted HIV and made the decision to be very public with his HIV status. He did this in order to combat the ignorance and stigma around HIV/AIDS within the LGBTQ community and in the Caribbean diaspora. Jah has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach and research on a global, national, and city level to address the needs of HIV positive youth (and with youth in general, regardless of their status).

Jahlove has worked with the NYC AIDS Institute, National Gay Mens Advocacy Coalition, The Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNP+NA), AIDS ALLIANCES, The White House, and The Department of Health.

He's currently on a national campaign called "HIV Stops with Me,” New York City’s "In Care" campaign and Janssen “Positively Gearless” global campaign. Jahlove uses his entertainment platform to promote HIV/AQueer Caribbeans of NYC Info Card_FrontIDS Awareness and education throughout the United States and beyond.

Dominique Jackson

Dominique “Tyra A. Ross” Jackson (she/her/hers) is a New York-based actress, author, and model is best known for her role as Elektra Abundance on the FX television series, “Pose.” Born in Scarborough, Tobago, Jackson fled to the United States at the age of eighteen, after experiencing bullying, abuse and family sexual rejection upon her coming out as transgender.

While living in Baltimore, Maryland in 1993, Jackson was introduced to the ballroom scene. She then lived in various "houses" and eventually settled in the House of Sinclair, which was stationed in New York City. After years of small and unpaid modeling gigs, she became a resident model for fashion designer Adrian Alicea in 2009 and walked for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She has also modeled for Vogue España.

Jackson has appeared in “Call Me,” “Christopher Street: The Series,” and “My Truth, My Story”, a Caribbean LGBTQ Oral History and Storytelling Documentary Series produced by the Caribbean Equality Project.

Kenrick Ross

Kenrick I. Ross (he/him/his) was born in Guyana and raised in New Jersey. He works in nonprofit management, social enterprise innovation, and simply enjoys all things tennis.

He currently manages the Small Business Support Project at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, where he launched New York City’s new legal services initiative for entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of Urban&Out, a social impact organization that builds community, capacity, and social capital for LGBTQ professionals and leadership of color. He also founded ATLOVE, which connects the LGBTQ community to sports, fitness and wellness opportunities that are LGBTQ-inclusive.

Ross has spent most of his career leading initiatives to empower communities of color. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA); Director of Education, Career Services, and Community at the YWCA of Queens; and Director of Professional Development and Quality Assurance for The Leaguers, Inc.

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson (he/him/his) is Director of Imagination for the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO): Sex & Gender Justice. His thought-leadership on sexuality, gender, power and justice in the Caribbean is globally recognized. He is the author of the 2012 Commonwealth Opinion “Decolorising Sexual Citizenship”; and his work is the subject of Andil Gosine’s 2015 Sexualities article “CAISO: Negotiating Sex Rights and Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Robinson’s contributions to analysis, culture, advocacy and organizations span four decades. He is a leading national LGBTQI advocacy voice in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), and has led the work of CAISO since its 2009 formation.

In 2011, he spearheaded the revitalization of the Caribbean Forum for Liberation & Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities, a 21-year-old regional LGBTQI coalition, and has developed its academy to develop emerging Caribbean activists as transformational leaders.

Richard Mohammed

Richard Mohammed (he/him/his) was born and raised in San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago. Growing up, Richard realized that his attraction to men started at age 14. After separating from his then partner in 1993, Mohammed migrated to New York City in 1994 and settled in Richmond Hill, Queens.

During his time in New York City, Mohammed became a bike messenger for three years, after which he accepted a role at Seagrams. Seven years following, he later accepted a position at the Gissendanner Law firm as a Catering Coordinator. As a new queer immigrant looking to connect with LGBTQ people, Mohammed found himself at a little bar named "Uncle Charlie’s" in The Village; it was there that he met different LGBTQ men and women holding hands and living in their truth. Mohammed remembers having a screwdriver as his first drink in The Village. There he met different LGBTQ people from Trinidad, Guyana, and other Caribbean countries. In that moment, Mohammed felt safe.

Mohammed, and his colleagues Zen and Joe Armoogan met in 2002 to discuss the lack of affirming Caribbean LGBTQ social spaces in New York City.

Gerald Manwah

Gerald Manwah (he/him/his) is a Trinidadian-American adjunct professor of law, and an expert in the arena of international financial crimes. He is the Head of the U.S. Financial Crime Compliance Executive Office at HSBC. Previously, he served as a Managing Director in Compliance and Financial Crime at Barclays. Prior to joining Barclays, he was the Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance for Credit Suisse, and managed the end-to-end compliance program related to Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering, and Economic Sanctions. He previously held various legal and compliance positions at American Express, ABN Amro, and Citigroup. Manwah is admitted to the bar to practice law in New York State, and completed an LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Gerald played a crucial role as a member of Caribbean Pride in the early 2000s.

Devin Michael Lowe

Devin Michael Lowe (he/him/his) is a first-generation Jamaican-American, queer man of color and person of transgender experience. Originally from Houston, Texasand now based in NYC, Lowe has been a community advocate and organizer in the city for over 6 years, working more specifically and proactively in the field of HIV prevention and care at GMHC since 2017. He is the lead facilitator for multiple LGBTQ+ & trans-masculine support groups throughout New York City that focus on sexual health, self-care, political education, and redefining & centering healthy masculinity.

Lowe was the first trans-masculine model and Ambassador for Spotlight Stories in 2018, GMHC’s campaign that highlights the stories of young people to promote PEP/PreP as well as HIV/STI testing and care, and has recently been brought on as a model for the Prep4Pride NYC campaign funded by the Community Healthcare Network. As well as being a public health educator, Lowe is also an actor and media producer, creating content that highlights the lived experiences of queer, transgender & gender non-conforming folk, with a special focus on Black persons and other communities of color.

Hollis Kam

Hollis Kam (he/him/his) is a Certified Coach and Human Resources professional of Trinidadian descent. For the past fifteen years, he has created the space and opportunity for people to ignite their most productive selves. Hollis works to energize nonprofits, company and community leaders and entrepreneurs in guidance in strategic planning, organizational development and professional growth. Also he facilitated trainings at dozens of organizations to strengthen leaders in their commitment to growth and development.

Dedicated to shining a light on the voices and stories of others has brought him to the nonprofit boards of the Caribbean Pride, CARIB NY, Audre Lorde Project, Camara Dance Unlimited and the Professional Performing Arts School. He was also an adjunct instructor of the College of New Rochelle. He is a graduate of New York University, Le Moyne College and the Coaching & Training Institute.

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