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Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto, Kim Crosby is a queer survivor, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator. She completed her artist residency under D’bi Young at the AnitAfrika Theatre and also was a student of the Buddies In Bad Times Young Creator’s Unit, touring internationally with her one womyn play, “Hands In My Cunt” a biomythographical account of her resistance and experience of sexual violence.
In 2009 she was the Youthline Award Winner for “Outstanding Contribution To Community Empowerment”. In 2010 she was named one of YSEC’s 100 Young Changemakers while also being recognized in Canada’s Northern Lights Exhibition: Celebrating African Canadian Stories. In 2011, she was recognized as one of 12 of the City Of Toronto’s Cultural Champions among such brilliant activists as Lillian Allen. She has spoken at New York's John Jay College, Dartmouth Univeristy as well as the Harbourfront Centre. She has facilitated radical community dialogues including Queer As Black Folk hosted by The Black Daddies Club and was the keynote speaker at the 2012 What Makes A Man Conference, Queering Black History Month and McMaster's Leadership Summit to name a few.
Her writing and her voice has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, Shameless Magazine as well as Autostraddle and her writing can be found at kimkatrincrosby.com.
Supporting the creation of community arts and allocation of resources, she sits on the boards of Artreach, the Toronto Arts Council and has juried for festivals including Mayworks and Rhubarb. She also regularly curates and co-curates events and exhibits including the annual Gender Exhibition and T.Dot Renaissance.
Kim is a core member of T-Dot Renaissance, a wave of cultural and artistic collaborations for this generation of emerging artists of colour and a part of the nationally touring 'Les Blues' group, a collective of Black Queer Folks committed to decolonization through creative political performance.Kim is the co-founder and co-director of The People Project.
Awarded the City Of Toronto’s Vital Ideas award in 2010, TPP is a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism and collaboration.
She is also a co-founder of the New York based ‘The Brown Grrlz Project’, a collective dedicated to the advancement of “femme of centre” cis womyn, two-spirit people, intersex people and trans womyn.
In over a decade of community organizing, she has worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice. She is also a yoga teacher teaching through the Brown Girl’s Yoga collective.
Natalyn Tremblay carries the conviction and strength of their Métis French Farmer roots, and the experiences as a queer identical twin and rambler to imbue criticality and creativity into everything they engage with. Natalyn holds a BA in Integrated Media from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a special focus on the theory and practice of making art for social change. They have been creating mixed media and performative works as an independent artist and community collaborator for over 10 years showing internationally from soap boxes & back alleys to contemporary stages & galleries. Their work explores and explodes the fissures and intersections between human peripheries, identities and stories. Natalyn is also the co-founder and Executive Director of The People Project, an organization producing and leveraging arts and leadership opportunities for Spectrum (LGBTTQQ2SIA) youth while offering a breadth of equity based consultation and facilitation for youth service providers at all socio-political levels.