My name is Megan Adams. I am a Junior at American University, with a double major in both C.L.E.G. and Economics. Art has always been a passion of mine, and a way to express my thoughts and feelings beyond words. I have found comfort in being able to put my feelings on canvas and have previously struggled with sharing such intimate parts of me. I attended a Catholic High School and didn’t feel free to express these either. As I have grown at American University, I have grown to embrace these fears. Being at American has shown me that parts of myself that I was originally scared to share and even address with those around me are welcomed and encouraged. I am so grateful that a platform like Visible exists for voices and expressions beyond mine to be heard, but for others to also recognize that they are free and welcome by this community.
I am a senior at American University and the current editor-in-chief. I study journalism and international relations. Starting Visible in 2019, in hopes of creating a safe space for queer & trans creators to come together, has been a dream come true. I continue striving to build this platform for my community. When I am not working on Visible, I am usually either with family/friends or writing/creating something! Feel free to email me with any questions: Rh6999a@student.american.edu
Björkstén (they/them) is an anthropology and film double major at American University. You can find their films at https://bjorksten.pb.studio/ and their Instagram at @bee.york.sten.
Fellow (L)GBTQ+ member. Started photography in middle school, seriously in high school, and now majoring in it. Photos provided are photos I've taken over the years in my favorite fields.
Major: Film and Video Production/ Minor: Health Promotion/ Interests: LGBTQ+ health and mental health, photography (concert, portraits, landscapes, and conflict photograph)
Being bisexual gives me an interesting perspective on the world and the gracious opportunity to look into an array of lenses. What I have realized is that I don't have to omit a part of myself to be confident and recognized. My day to day life is my bisexual experience and I am not limited to only making art about my sexual realizations. Instead, I have the strength and the voice to talk about the ephemeral moments I catch in life that stay lively when put to paper.
Costa B. Pappas
Costa B. Pappas (he/him) is a senior pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in creative writing at American University. You can find him taking photos around DC and finding new coffee shops.
Tyler A Massias - School of International Service Student - Utilizes creative expression to convey profound and personal emotional dispositions
Maddie Ceasar is a freshman at American University who is studying photography. She is working towards using her voice and art as a platform to raise awareness for LGBTQIA+ issues.
Aaliyah Charania is an artist whose focused medium is acrylic on canvas. She enjoys taking risks with color to express how the person is inherently political by the identities they carry.
I'm a soulful Brooklyn girl who embraces her roots with love for plants, the moon, and the ocean, just to name a few. As a creative, I model part-time and write poetry that is either shared or performed to the community. I aspire to be a role model for all individuals who refused to conform to societal and materialistic norms.
just a bi boy taking the world outside the closet one day at a time
I’m a freshman at AU and on the social media team for Visible. I’m from a small beach town in Delaware. I am really interested in all types of creative expression. I love fashion, theater, film, and especially live music. I am looking really forward to being in DC and having the privilege of going to artistic LBGTQ events and becoming more active in that culture. In the past, I wasn’t in an environment where I was able to safely express my bisexuality, so I am really happy to not only be in a safe environment now, but also have a platform to discuss LGBTQ identities.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
I write because it is all I know. It is the easiest way to make sense of the emotions going on in all of this. This piece reflects my rather recent experience at American University and the feeling of not fitting in in a broad sense. I am confident in who it is I am and what I give this world, but being at American University feels like a forceful containment into a box I would rather not be placed in. Just because the experience of Sana is a unique one does not mean I must fit into your labels, I am what I am and that is something that is constantly taking form.
I am a woman of color who strives toward creating and engaging in spaces that encourage the expression and celebration of those who are often left unseen.
I am a junior from Rye, New York double majoring in Graphic Design and Law and Society. I am the Treasurer for Visible and I am so excited to keep Visible on budget (we got hella money yall dont even know)!!! I am also an aspiring vlogger/blogger my Vlog is called Shaun’s Shenanigans and over there we do a wide variety of things like healthy self-care routines to doing things around DC. On my vlog I also show people how to win on imessage games and make a profit from those winnings.
I am an artist and musician from Tampa, Florida, studying Audio Production and Communications. I am a part of Visible’s multimedia team, working to contribute and collaborate on interdisciplinary creative tasks. I am always eager to learn and grow, and cannot wait to connect with others, and advocate for a more diversified, boundless, and welcoming community on our campus.
I am a sophomore public health major from Chi-Town! I am really interested in the intersectionality of gender expression and queerness as it relates to adverse health outcomes, race/ethnicity and societal factors. I am Visible’s Co-Culture Editor and I am really interested in getting grassroots Queer POC narratives out there for more inclusive and realistic conversations that need to be had in the Queer community!
I am a Senior from Massachusetts studying Public Relations and Strategic Communications major with a double minor in Theatre and Business Entertainment. I am so excited to be Co Arts Editor for a publication that works to highlight so many diverse voices. At Visible I hope to bring a platform of visibility to unseen artists through multimedia material focusing on performance art, dance, and film.
Hi, I'm VISIBLE's Creative Director and website manager. I am currently a third year student at American University; majoring in Film & Media and minoring in both Business & Entertainment and Applied Physics. I am an aspiring feature film director but also do portrait photography, graphic and 3D design, illustration and more!
Pronouns: She/Her :)
Anna Morrison (she/her pronouns) is the Coordinator for LGBTQ Support & Diversity Programs at American University. She joined the Center for Diversity and Inclusion team at AU in June after working as the Chair of GLSEN Maryland, the state chapter of the national organization working to ensure LGBTQ students are safe to learn and grow in K-12 schools. A certified LGBTQ Professional Development Facilitator with GLSEN, Anna had the honor of educating over a thousand educators and students in Maryland about creating LGBTQ inclusive schools.
Anna graduated from Smith College with a degree in Women and Gender Studies, focusing in Queer Studies. Having begun her work as an LGBTQ youth advocate in Massachusetts as a Co-Founder of OUT Metrowest, she’s honored to continue supporting young people in advocating for justice at AU. In her free time, Anna enjoys riding horses, working with the SURJ DC Queer & Trans Working Group, and cuddling with her rescue dog, Pixel. I am always very happy for students to reach out via email with any questions/thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org Students can also feel free to schedule time to meet with me (even if just to chat!) at my You Can Book Me link: https://annamorrison.youcanbook.me/
Some examples of how I support students:
Facilitating connections across campus and DC to supportive resources
Chatting with students about their identities and coming out
Advocating with students for LGBTQ-inclusive policies such as housing requests and chosen name/pronouns
Facilitating workshops on race/gender/sexuality
Cultivate community through identity-specific events like the Bisexuality Lunch or Trans & Non-Binary Welcome Back Mixer
Create awareness of resources/events through the CDI LGBTQ listserv
I am a Queer Native New Yorker and sophomore at AU studying Political Science. I am co-director of outreach for Visible, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for AU Dems, and I love New York City Politics. At 16, I discovered my second home: The LGBT Community Center of NYC. Being surrounded by queer folks with a passion for social justice and personal growth has incredible, and I want to bring those experiences to Visible. I hope to continue bridging the gap between queer youth and politics so there can be structural change to combat the homophobia and other systems of oppression that are prevalent in the Queer community.
I’m a sophomore, born and raised in Connecticut. I started working with Visible because I wanted to support and give back to my community. I love DC and it’s community and hope to get more involved with it. Outside of DC, I work on a 4H farm, love going to the beach and spending time with my family.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
I am from Houston, Texas and I am a junior studying Public Relations and Studio Art at American University. I joined the visible team in the spring of 2019 as the arts sections editor. I personally curate the gallery with different pieces from our archive. I am an artist myself and love to do multimedia collaborations like painting and digital art!
I am co- director of outreach for Visible and a member of the Student Philanthropy Council. I am a Junior at AU studying psychology with a pre-medical track. I am from Miami, Florida. My interests include creative writing, performing arts, music, LGBTQ+ politics, and human rights.
I am a sophomore from Los Angeles, California but my family is from Montréal, Canada. I care about human rights and LGBTQ+ politics, and study international politics with Arabic. I love RnB music, older-soulful music and artists like D’Angelo, also I have always loved photography as a form of expression. My family and friends would describe me as a spirited, persistent and affectionate woman. I am very excited about joining Visible!
I am a junior from New Jersey studying journalism and creative writing here at AU. I’ve been a columnist at The Eagle for the past three years, and am excited to continue to build my writing and reporting skills with Visible. When not writing or finishing school work, I can usually be found reading some sort of fantasy novel or asking to pet dogs around campus.
I am a sophomore from Yonkers, New York studying Film and Media and Graphic Design. I am one of the multi media editors for visible and am really excited to showcase the dope art that the queer community has to offer! I am interested in exploring the queer community in DC but more specifically the black queer experience here. If I have free time, you can usually find me making a song or watching people make music on youtube. I am so eager to see what everyone brings to the publication!
My name is Diana Rivera. I’m one of the Multimedia Editors for Visible. My pronouns she/her/hers. My family is from Puerto Rico. I am a Sophomore and am majoring in Film and Media. I am interested in graphic design and photography as well.
I am the Social Media Director for Visible. I also tutor Arabic and instruct a class for international students about the nuances of American culture on campus. I come from a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, and I miss living in the sticks every day. I enjoy dancing and hearing people talk about their art, although I’m not much of an artist myself. I’m interested in international relations, LGBTQ+ politics, dismantling neocolonialism, and most importantly, using my privilege to support marginalized members of the Queer community.
James Skiest is a 20-year old Jewish boy from outside of Chicago (located near the Cahokia lay line intersection). He is a level-2 Maya and has been nominated for induction into the Tat Brotherhood two years in a row. He also really likes anime. He's proud to have contributed to our publication.
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