Summit Speakers - 2023
Taylor Brorby is the author of Boys and Oil: Growing up gay in a fractured land, Crude: Poems, Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and co-editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America.
Cardinal Red Bird
Cardinal Red Bird a Mandan/Sisseston Sioux grow up on the Fort Berthold Reservation in New Town, North Dakota. His talents include, Native American dancing at a young age. He has studied Contemporary and Ballet dancing along with theater and drama. Today has an enjoyment in singing.
Mr Red Bird is the founder and president of the, "North Dakota Two Spirit Society and Allies," established in 2019, a cultural diversity, non-profit organization.
Tofi Fen (He/Him) is a neurodivergent, pagan trans man living in Fargo ND. He has experience with university-based DEI efforts, youth development, and community organizing, and has been working in the non-profit sector within Fargo-Moorhead since 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in anthropology from North Dakota State University. Tofi has a passion for educating others in his field about the rich history and culture of trans and gender non-conforming people, and strives to create welcoming spaces where LGBTQ+/Queer youth can learn about and celebrate their identities.
Kristin Nelson is the founder of Project RAI (Rainbows are Inclusive). She lives in Fargo with her husband Nick, daughter Alex, and 2 rescue dogs. Kristin just graduated from the University of Jamestown with a master's degree in non-profit leadership.
Christina Sambor is the North Dakota State Director at Gender Justice, where she is working to develop a strategic presence in North Dakota to promote gender equity and protect the rights of North Dakotans.
Ames Simmons is a queer white transgender man who holds a senior fellowship at Duke University School of Law and lectures at George Washington University’s graduate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice.
Augustus Grosz (she/her) is a student at Bismarck High where she acts as president of their Gender and Sexuality Alliance. She has worked with queer and transgender people in many capacities. This is her first year working formally with the Dakota Human Rights Coalition and she is serving as a youth intern. She has also written several award winning poems centered around identity and feminism, drug addiction, sexual violence, and religion.
Micah (he/they) grew up on his family dairy farm in southwestern MN. He holds a Bachelor’s of Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Micah is the pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo, and is the only out transgender pastor in North Dakota. They enjoy making art, baking bread, cool rocks, and admiring how cute their cats are.
Cathy grew up on a farm/ranch in Southwest ND where she learned the values of working hard, resilience, playing hard and survival. She attended college at North Dakota State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation with minors in Health Education and Counseling.