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Aaron Belkin is a scholar and advocate who, since 1999, has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective LGBT rights organizations in the United States. He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign that helped end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and summarized lessons learned in How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which Arianna Huffington praised as a "best practices guide for civil rights fights." He has written and edited more than thirty scholarly articles, chapters, and books.

Cameron Crookston is a sessional instructor at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on drag, LGBTQ2+ history, and queer cultural memory. His work appears in Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture and New Essays on Canadian Theatre. He is also the editor of the anthology The Cultural Impact of RuPaul's Drag Race: Why Are We All Gagging?

Davy Knittle (he/they) is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His critical work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in WSQ and Planning Perspectives. He lives in Philadelphia, where he curates the City Planning Poetics series at the Kelly Writers House.

AJ Ripley is a lecturer in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. He lives in New Brunswick, Canada, where he works for the Women and Gender Equality branch of the provincial government. His creative work has appeared in VICE and the New York Times.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. He has been working in movements to build queer and trans liberation based on racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He's the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law (2015), the director of the documentary Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back! (, and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at His latest book is Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity during This Crisis (and the Next) (2020). [End Page 319]

Lindsay Zafir is a PhD candidate at Yale University, where she is completing a dissertation on the history of HIV/AIDS denialism and its relationship to international treatment activism. Her research focuses on the relationship between social movements, knowledge production, and expertise, with particular attention to the politics of race, gender, and sexuality. She is currently serving as the managing editor of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice. [End Page 320]



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