Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins; humanitarian, philanthropist and Transgender Activist.

“I am inspired by Shirley Chisom, she was a sitting member of Congress, and the first African American woman to run for President in 1972. She was a feminist, stating, " The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." She inspires me because of her boldness and fearlessness in the face of male patriarchy.”

Andrea is an artist-activist, and award-winning poet and writer. Andrea has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Playwrights Center and has won writing and performance grants and scholarships from the Givens Foundation, Intermedia Arts, The Loft, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Pillsbury House Theater. Andrea is the co-curator of Queer Voices at Intermedia Arts, the longest-running series of its kind in the nation, and currently works collecting oral histories from hundreds of people in the Upper Midwest transgender community as an Oral Historian in the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.