Mimi Madrid (he/they/she) is a mexica chicanx queer two-spirit writer, multimedia-maker, organizer and tio. Mimi’s family roots start in Northern Mexico in the states of Chihuahua y Durango—homelands of her grandmas Dolores Puga y Rosa Torres. Mimi was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in so-called Denver, Colorado—the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people.
Mimi's worked more than a decade in reproductive justice, youth leadership and LGBTQ+ liberation movements. Mimi’s focus is the development, implementation, and evaluation of cultural, wellness, and safety community programs, events, and curriculum. He’s worked with organizations around Denver that center LGBTQ folks, indigenous young people, survivors of violence, immigrant families, and communities of color.
"I believe in the power of youth, elimination of borders, popular education, all forms of art expression, intergenerational healing and learning, swaying on the continuums of gender expression, identity, and orientation, singing out-loud, leaving to come back, dancing in revolution, and sana-sana-colita-de-rana."
Val Ponce Nájera
Education & Training Coordinator
Val Ponce (they/them) is a mexican brown queer educator with over six years of experience on LGBTIQ2S+ DEI work. Val strongly believes that community building and education are the paths toward our communal liberation.
As a young queer person in Mexico, Val always struggled to find communities where they felt seen and celebrated. This is why Val is inspired to create those safe and affirming spaces so that today’s LGBTIQ2S+ BIPOC youth can feel empowered and find comfort in their community.
"My hope is that one day we may create a world where we all feel accepted, loved and celebrated!."
Community Workshop Facilitator
Nez Gonzalez (he/him) is co-founder of Fortaleza Familiar and now serves as Community Workshop Facilitator.
Nez shares expertise and organizing for trans student rights in Denver high schools. He has experience creating workshops designed to educate on queer and racial identities for both youth and their families.
"My hope is that we’re able to create loving communities where we’re free to be our queer indigenous selves."
Outreach & Programs Coordinator
Eryc Dóvez (they/he) comes from a mexican-indigenous immigrant family. They are a genderfull transmasc queer born in Rancho De Peña, Chihuahua and brought over to the US at a young age. As much as their family has shaped who he is, Eryc's being is also emerging from the abundant love of his community in Denver.
"My hope is that you take a breath with me and we let ourselves experience magic."