LAVERNE COX, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Laverne Cox is a three-time Emmy-nominated actress, an Emmy-winning documentary film producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker. Her groundbreaking role in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black brought her to the attention of diverse audiences around the world. This role led to Laverne becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a primetime acting Emmy. Laverne also holds two SAG Awards, with her Orange Is the New Black cast mates. An artist and advocate with an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically, Laverne is the first openly transgender person to appear on the covers of Time, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Essence magazines. She is the executive producer of Free CeCe and the Emmy-winning documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.
SAM FEDER, DIRECTOR
Sam Feder has created several award-winning documentaries that center the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and conflict within the queer and trans community. Sam seeks to connect transgender struggles and liberation to the context of the present and legacy of the past by showing that our communal history makes our present lives possible. Sam’s second feature Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger was named one of the best LGBT documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, and cited by IndieWire as one of the must-see films of the 2014.
AMY SCHOLDER, PRODUCER
Amy Scholder is a leader in independent publishing and LGBT activism. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture. She produces events, conferences, and festivals; and has been managing imprints in the nonprofit and independent publishing worlds for over two decades. She currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for Lambda Literary.
ADVISORS: Nick Adams, Tre’vell Anderson, Alex Barasch, Catherine Gund (Consulting Producer), Jack Halberstam, Zakiyyah Jackson, Alexandra Juhasz, Jenni Olson (Consulting Producer), Pratibha Parmar, Susan Stryker, Karen Tongson