Press

Jillian Tellep (4)

“JAC causes glitter explosions… in a style that I can only call Lisa Frank retro chic.”  Avory Faucette

Press materials for advertisements and more.

Short Bio:

JAC Stringer, MSW, LSW is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled, mixed blood Cherokee-white radical activist and performance artist. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, JAC strives to create visibility, community, and resources for trans and queer communities, particularly in the Midwest. He is internationally known for his work surrounding trans community building, trans/queer artistry, and youth empowerment. He is the Founder of the Midwest’s only regional trans health advocacy organization Heartland Trans Wellness Group, has founded “Trans Community Group” programs in multiple Midwestern cities, and has launched several other trans focused activist initiatives and artistic performance spaces. JAC is a leading voice in genderqueer identity politics, non-binary femme community building, trans group work, and combating gender pathologization. JAC has served on several local and national organizing boards including The International Drag King Community Extravaganza, The Cincinnati LGBTQ Youth Summit, The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, The Femme Conference, and GLOBAL Anti-Globalization Conference. Performing under the moniker Midwest GenderQueer, JAC has done genderbending dance, music, drag, and spoken word on international stages across the continent. JAC’s blog, MidwestGenderQueer.com, has been a popular publication on trans and genderqueer topics for close to ten years. He is a national gender performance showcase producer, well known for his community-focused shows founded in models of socially just community building, exemplified in the popular Gender Queeries Tour. Among his recent professional awards, JAC received the NASW 2014 Emerging Social Work Leader Award (regional and state-wide) and the American Counseling Association’s 2013 Joe Norton Award for excellence serving LGBTQ communities. JAC is a life-long dancer, poet, musician, and rabble-rouser dedicated to supporting trans empowerment through education, art, and many other forms of revolution.

Bio Blurb:

JAC Stringer, MSW, LSW is a is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled, Two-Spirit, Cherokee-white radical  activist and artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is internationally known for his work surrounding trans community building, trans/queer artistry, and LGBTQPIA youth empowerment. He is a leading voice in genderqueer identity politics, non-traditional trans group work, and combating gender pathologization. JAC is the founder of Heartland Trans Wellness Group, multiple “Trans Community Group” programs in the Midwest, and several other trans community focused activist and artistic initiatives. JAC is a life-long dancer, poet, musician, and rabble-rouser dedicated to supporting trans empowerment through education, art, and many other forms of revolution.

What people are saying about JAC Stringer:

“I’ve had the great good fortune to attend several of JAC’s workshops and lectures. He is a skilled, knowledgeable, and talented teacher who gets complex ideas across to a broad audience with warmth and a terrific sense of humor. Please do yourself a great big favor and bring this high-fashion genderqueer wonder to your campus or conference as soon as you possibly can.” – Kate Bornstein

JAC Stringer or Midwest GenderQueer should be known as Super GenderQueer because he’s everywhere and doing just about everything. Rocking his awesome pink hair, captivating us with his over-the-top performances, helping to organize events in a single bound, JAC is SUPER indeed! His work weaves activism, boas, art, glitter, humanity, make-up and the biggest smile that just melts your heart. He’ll have you singing, dancing all while getting you to sign a petition and in that same breathe, teaching you about injustice. Yay Super GenderQueer!!!– Ignacio Rivera aka Papí_Coxxx

 “JAC Stringer is a charming hurricane of glitter and big ideas, so cute you can’t help listen to the smart things he says (and so smart that you can’t help think about them). A brilliantly accessorized example of how flexible the ways of gender can be, and how tender.”– S. Bear Bergman

“Midwest GenderQueer brings a unique perspective to his work: that of a flamingly fabulous genderqueer struggling to create space for himself and other gender outlaws in the Midwest.  His articulate discourse on the intersection of geography with identity is refreshing and insightful, and he balances his intellect with hyper-energized, fluorescent performances that combine glitter with a charming boyishness.”  – Johnny Blazes

“Midwest GenderQueer is an absolute delight to perform with! Sharing the stage with someone who is as personable and brilliant onstage as off is a genuine pleasure. Combining the personal with artistic practice, I have seen JAC’s numerous performances at shows across the country and I always look forward to more. I am proud to perform alongside such a creative and provocative gender performer.” – Miss Tamale Sepp

“I’m pretty sure JAC causes glitter explosions, sporting a head of bright pink and blue hair and sometimes dressing in a style that I can only call Lisa Frank retro chic.” – Avory Faucette 

 

Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact JAC for more hi-res images and descriptive texts.