PATTY BERNE is a Co-Founder of Sins Invalid and has served as Artistic Director since 2006. Berne's background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities. She is pursuing a Psy.D., focusing on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state-sponsored violence. In 2008, she had a chapter published in the Routledge Press book, Telling Stories to Change the World, on the work and history of Sins Invalid. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at San Francisco Women Against Rape and the 2009 recipient of the Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership in the field of LGBTQI and disability rights by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
RODNEY BELL is of Maori Descent and from Aotearoa (New Zealand), currently living in Berkeley, California, pursuing his dream of representing and supporting disability arts world wide. Acquiring his paralysis as a result of a motorcycle accident in 1990, he uses a manual wheelchair for mobility and his culture for spiritual guidance. Dance has been his passion for 13 years and with that experience he has earned the opportunity of employment based in San Francisco, California, dancing for AXIS, one of the world's leading mixed ability dance companies.
NOMY LAMM is a writer, musician, and activist whose work has been featured in magazines (Ms., Punk Planet, Make/Shift), anthologies (Listen Up, Body Outlaws, and most recently Word Warriors and Working Sex, all on Seal Press), and onstage across the US. She has toured with Sister Spit, the Sex Workers Art Show, and the cabaret showcase Dr. Frockrocket’s Menagerie and Medicine Show. She has released two solo albums (Anthem, 1999, and Effigy, 2002) and co-wrote, co-produced, and performed in The Transfused, a post-apocalyptic rock opera about multigendered animal-human hybrids, in 2000. She teaches voice lessons, and is currently working on her first novel, The Best Part Comes After the End.
LEROY FRANKLIN MOORE JR. is a Co-Founder and Community Relations Director of Sins Invalid. As a Black writer, poet, hip-hop/music lover, community activist, and feminist and consultant on race and disability with a physical disability, he has been sharing his perspectives on identity, race, and disability for the last 13 years. His work began in London, England where he discovered a Black disabled movement which led to the creation of his lecture series, "On the Outskirts: Race & Disability". He is also producer and columnist of Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine and creator of Krip-Hop Mixtape Project. He is one of the leading voices around police brutality and wrongful incarceration of people with disabilities and has studied, worked, and lectured in the field of race and disability concerning blues, hip-hop, and social justice issues in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.
CARA PAGE is the co-founder and Project Director of Kindred, a southern healing justice collective based in Atlanta Georgia, that honors and builds healing practices and traditions to sustain our movements. As a Black queer performance and documentary media artist, organizer and healing practitioner living in the South, she works for queer liberation and reproductive, environmental and economic justice. She believes in the uses of the healing arts as practices for liberation, resiliency and sustainability. She is also works with the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative and the INCITE! National Core Committee.
MARIA R. PALACIOS is a Latina Feminist Poet, author, Spoken Word Peformer, polio survivor, disability activist, and professional presenter. Her feminist collection of poetry, The Female King, has made Maria one of Houston's favorites in the poetry scene. Her poetry focuses on highlighting women's strengths and destroying the stereotypes and myths surrounding disability and sexuality, race, and gender issues and cultural diversity in general. Her website is www.myspace.com/goddessonwheels.
seeley quest is an Oaklander who has featured at the 2002 first international Queerness and Disability Conference, the 2003 national True Spirit Conference, the San Francisco Center's opening week gala Some Kind of Queer, the 2003 Trannyfest, the 2002 Bay Area Ladyfest, the '05, '06, '08 and '09 SF Anarchist Cafes, the 2007 and 2009 SF Sex Worker Film and Arts Festivals, Sins Invalid 2007 and 2008, Writers With Drinks, the Center for Sex and Culture, 848 Community Space and Counterpulse, in residency at the Jon Sims Center, in the 'Trans As Fuck' shows sie also co-instigated, the 2008 and 2009 National Queer Arts Festivals, L.A.'s Trans/Giving, on tour with the Tranny Roadshow in '05, '06 and '09, and elsewhere. Sie also proposed and co-facilitated the 2004 Homo a Go Go and 2004 Bay Area Ladyfest's disability workshops, and has a self-published chapbook available for sale.
NOEMI SOHN is a poet, community activist and perpetual student living in San Francisco. She reads her poetry at different venues and open mics through the Bay Area. Her 2003 chap book Interwined won the 2004 Pen Oakland – Josephine Miles Award. At times, she can make people laugh with her wry sense of humor.