Evana Enabulele is a core member of Queer The Land (QTL), a QTBIPOC advocate and affordable housing organizer. Evana leads the housing circle in QTL, nurturing the dreams of QTBIPOC of building a home and safe community space. Their passion is not only working on unique housing strategies but also finding ways to combat the mental aspect of displacement and gentrification. Evana has also worked for the City of Seattle in the Parks Department for 8 years, working as a recreation attendant, event scheduler, and assistant coordinator.
Evana is a featured organizer in the book Nourish, a collection of short stories, photos, and recipes from 10 local Seattle organizers. Evana is part of Decimalize Sex Work which is a collective working towards decriminalization and destigmatization of sex work. Evana participated in the entire legal process of purchasing Queer the Land’s new 12-bedroom home in Beacon Hill, Seattle. Evana is a proud Houston native and currently lives in the south end of Seattle. Evana has over 100 plants and is a collector of unique carnivorous and rare plants.
Lead Operations & Development Coordinator
LC is a Black Queer Femme living, working, and building community in Seattle, WA. Graduating from Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work in 2015, Linda has been dedicated to health equity, for marginalized communities, since her introduction to the field.
Linda has had numerous positions where health equity has been the center of her work including working with Planned Parenthood South East, The Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, and The Hepatitis Education Project. She is now the HIV Program Coordinator with African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry and works with Queer the Land as the Operations and Development Coordinator, core member, and lead designer for the QTL housing project. LC also serves on the board of SURGE, an organization dedicated to improving the health outcomes for Black birthing people and is a trained doula, but does not currently practice. LC’s work’s purpose is to dismantle all forms of oppression so that one day all people can be free.
Kristina Clark is committed to ancestral healing and transformation through African diasporic, decolonial aesthetics. She finds joy in warm sunny days near / in water, beads, small smooth stones, incense, natural fibers, and the earthy rhythmic eloquence of natural dye prints in traditional textile design. She also loves to cook and break bread with friends and chosen family. In another life Kristina has danced and played liberatory musics of resistance to colonial oppression from the Black diaspora in Latin America (México, Cuba, Perú). She is a solo mama to two incredible kids, Zubeyde and Sahabiyat Iresunkanmi. She dreams a world where her children, their communities and the generations to come experience robust belonging, dignity, safety, and abundant love.
Born in northern California and raised in Seattle, Kristina completed her BA in International Relations and Spanish at the University of Southern California. She later earned an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington College of Education, with a focus on Secondary Social Studies Education. Educational advocacy and equitable access for youth of color inspire and motivate Kristina immensely. Prior to joining QTL, she was a Family Programs Manager at Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) creating opportunities for local Black and Brown parents and caregivers to connect and grow in loving community. For years she served as a bilingual instructional assistant in Seattle Public Schools, namely in support of high school aged youth and their families, as well as Bilingual Family Center Coordinator for the district. Kristina was also a co-advisor to the Garfield High School Black Student Union from 2013-2015, and a Volunteer + Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary in 2018. She brings these experiences and many more unnamed to her work at QTL, seeking to fortify the incredible foundation laid by founding and core members in creating spaces of belonging, celebration and liberation for queer and trans Black and Brown people in the Seattle area.
Aimée-Josiane Twagirumukiza is an anti-racist organizer and cultural worker who is rooted in the struggles of Black, immigrant, trans and queer, survivors and workers. They are a certified life & transformational coach, who believes that organizing moves at the speed of trust. This mantra has defined their roles as a co-founder and sustaining member of Queer the Land, a QTBIPOC housing collective in Seattle, WA, and a founding member and current President of the National LGBTQ Workers Center, which fights against sexual and gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
Aimée-Josiane has been a professional organizer for public sector employees throughout the South and Pacific Northwest with locals of the Communication Workers of America and the American Federation of Teachers. They have also coordinated large-scale anti-violence education for the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, and before coming to the Midwest Academy, they worked at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) leading NDWA’s We Dream in Black program, which builds the power and leadership of Black homecare workers, nannies, house cleaners and unpaid family caregivers across the U.S.
Denechia “Neesha” (she/they)
Denechia “Neesha” Powell-Ingabire is a coastal Georgia-born-and-raised movement journalist, essayist, grant writer, cat parent, spouse, and auntie living in Atlanta/occupied Creek territory. They conspire in the name of liberated Black futures, queer and transgender Black/ Indigenous/ people of color power, solidarity economics, and transformative justice & community accountability.
Neesha’s writing has been published in various publications, including online on Autostraddle, B*tch, Black Girl Dangerous Blog, Black Youth Project, Everyday Feminism, Harper’s Bazaar, Prism, RaceBaitr, Rewire.News, Scalawag, TheBody, The Counter, VICE, Xtra, YES! Magazine and in print in A Blade of Grass, the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Hexing the Patriarchy, Monday (the journal of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery), and the Oxford American. They graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication and is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate at Georgia College and State University.
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Currently, Kalayo is the Executive Co-Director at API Chaya supporting the self-determination, safety and wellness of survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. API Chaya builds power by mobilizing Asian Pacific Islander and immigrant communities to end abuse and exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive.
They are a founding member of Queer The Land, a QT2BIPOC collective working towards generating resources by and for our communities, including owning land and our labor. They’re also a founding member of Building Autonomy and Safety for Everyone (BASE), a community self-defense and wellness class which grew out of their work with API Chaya and Bayan Queer Collective.