Rocky is the current board chair for TENT, he grew up in Austin Texas and has spent his life devoted to causes and creative pursuits. He is a loving husband to his wife Sarah and together they have an entertainment and lifestyle brand called SwirlBaby.
Now at 35 years old, Rocky’s resume tells an interesting story of a young man with wide-ranging interests in health, wellness, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. As an advocate, Rocky has participated in countless leadership trainings and community-led fundraising events. As a health provider he has worked in careers ranging from certified nurse assistant to City of Austin Paramedic. Rocky’s story is one of tenacity, resilience, struggle, and triumph. He understands intimately the power of advocacy and action. As a paramedic, he served as the creator of the Austin Paramedic Relief fund and board member for the Paramedic Association in the early 2000’s, a member of the collective bargaining team for workers rights and wages with the City of Austin. He has learned the procedure and strategy necessary to create real change and he is eager to offer his experience and knowledge to the fight for protections for our community.
Vice Board Chair
Jessica is an activist, writer and passionate advocate for intersectional feminism and equal rights for transgender and gender diverse people. In 2017, she wrote He/She/They - Us: Essential information, vocabulary, and concepts to help you become a better ally to the transgender and gender diverse people in your life. She speaks publicly on women’s empowerment, transgender rights and educates on LGBTQIA Allyship. She serves on the board of Transgender Education Network of Texas, is a founding member of QIRadio, the queer media collective and she serves on the Admin team for Pantsuit Austin, a group of 16,000 feminists in the Austin Area where in addition to her regular admin duties, she works to educate and advocate on behalf of LGBTQIA People. For 10 years at Texas State University, she has worked as a system’s analyst for the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Campus Recreation. She co-facilitates workshops for Professional Development including “Supporting Transgender people in higher education” and “LGBTQIA Allies Training.”
Ginger is an active supporter of the LBGTQ and especially the transgender community. The proud mother of a transgender young person, she helped establish Trans Allies San Antonio to provide information and support for families of transgender individuals in the Alamo City area.
Working on her master’s degree in social work, she also serves as the Equity Advocate Coordinator for La Leche League of Texas, improving access to breastfeeding support for diverse families. Ginger speaks on topics regarding transgender education and cultural competence from a parents perspective to professionals who work with youth as well as advocates for trans youth and the rest of the transgender community at the state and federal level.
Lauryn was chosen for The Trans 100 in 2015, a recognition of the 100 most influential trans activists. Her family was featured in the Huffington Post series Let Love Define Family. She has been involved in numerous LGBTQ organizations and presents locally and nationally on transgender inclusion for a wide range of human service organizations. She was a National Educator for the Human Rights Campaign’s workshop series Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities. She also owns and operates Farris Family Film and Photography, and has served as Minister of Church Life for the Metropolitan Community Church in San Antonio. Her awards include the Vela Award by Pride Bigger than Texas, the Community Leadership Award from the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio, and the Public Citizen Award from the NASW
Luka Kay Rios
Luka is a fierce activist for the LGBTQ community and a proud lifelong San Antonian. She presently works for Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC). Within AARC she assists people who are living with HIV, works with Thrive Youth Center, the LGBTQ shelter for young adults experiencing housing security and PUSH which promotes HIV prevention and awareness. In her spare time, she volunteers her time for numerous advocacy organizations.
Katy is a senior leader in LGBT civil rights and transgender education. Having served on boards of directors at the local, state, and national level, she has been with Transgender Education Network of Texas since 2009 and is both a former board chair and executive director. These days find her coaching and educating about transgender life wherever she can. Notably she has presented classes on working with transgender clients for the National Sexual Assault Conference of 2017, had presented at teacher in-service in working with transgender students, and regularly offers her unique expertise and insight in regard to these topics as well as capacity building for movements and nonprofits.
Erika Richie became an advocate for Transgender rights, specifically the rights of Transgender Youth, after her son came out in 2014. Soon after, she joined the PFLAG Houston board. She provided the board with the perspective that comes with being a parent of a Transgender child. In addition to serving on the board, Erika volunteers on the help line and facilitates group meetings.
Since joining PFLAG Houston, Erika has become involved in many community events including campaigning for HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), and meeting with and educating elected officials. From 2016 to 2018, Erika became a member of Mayor Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board and in 2017 joined the Board of Directors for Montrose Grace Place and became the Parent Coordinator for Gender Infinity.
Continuing to educate herself on the rights and needs of the Transgender community, Erika has traveled the country attending conferences such as HRC’s Time to Thrive, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Texas Transgender Non-discrimination Summit and Transgender Leadership Institute II.
Nick is originally from Douglas, Arizona but has spent most of his life in and around Houston, Texas. He is engaged to his love, Malkia, and together they have two beautiful daughters.
He has always been one to stand up for justice and equality, which has influenced his career decisions. Nick currently works in the Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he advocates for the inclusion of all student populations.
He is also currently a member of Houston’s Mayor Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, where he hopes to help bring more change to our highly diverse city.
Jamie is a full time REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS® in San Antonio where she specializes in serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and other diverse groups. She's a member of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals and is 1 of only 5 trans folks out of 2000 nationwide members. The primary mission of NAGLREP is to advocate for fair and equal housing rights for the LGBTQ+ community.
She also co-hosts a monthly support group for LGBTQ+ folks and allies at Pride Center SA. Having transitioned as a teenager in the 1980's, she has a lifetime of experience in the need for education, employment, inclusion, and respect of the transgender, intersex, and non-binary community. When she's not working with real estate clients, she spends her free time volunteering and advocating for equality for ALL.
Lisa is the co-founder of Transgender Education Network of Texas. She is a longtime activist and has served on the boards of Equality Texas and National Center for Transgender Equality among other others. She is the former chair of the Austin Human Rights Commission and is a trainer with the Anti-defamation League. Lisa is also the Artistic Director of Ground Floor Theatre in Austin, TX, a theatre devoted to presenting works by and for underrepresented communities.