Our BOARD of Directors
chair of the board
Diamond (she/her) is a long-time trans activist, winning a first amendment suit with ACLU in 1999 against Indianapolis Public School to go to the prom in a gender-affirming gown.
She is the Executive Director of Black Trans Women Inc, a national non-profit that is led by Black trans women focused on social advocacy, positive visibility and building strong leadership among Black trans advocates, organizers, and our allies. They host an annual empowerment conference with trans-specific programming that draws from the U.S. and beyond.
She is the producer and creator of Marsha’s Plate podcast, a podcast hosted by three Black trans people exploring pop culture current events and archiving trans leadership from a black trans-feminist lens. Diamond as an award-winning content creator has been featured on CNN, ABC, Disney, GLAAD, and ESSENCE. She is also a board member of A Call To Men and Transgender Law Center.
Bryanna (she/her) is the National Organizing Director at Lavender Rights Project. Ms. Jenkins received her B.S. from Morgan State University, her M.A. from the University of Baltimore, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Prior to law school, Bryanna founded and led The Baltimore Transgender Alliance and organized the city’s first Baltimore Transgender Uprising March in 2015. A proud Baltimore native, Bryanna currently lives in Houston.
Jaelynn Scott, M.Div. (she/her), serves as the Executive Director of Lavender Rights Project. Lavender Rights Project is a Black trans advocacy and movement building organization based in Seattle, Washington. In her consulting, Jaelynn offers guidance to religious organizations and nonprofits as they work to lift Black LGBTQ leadership. With her background in operations and HR, Jaelynn specializes in transitioning organizations towards radical Black-centered praxis through reimagining policies and procedures.
Originally from Jackson, MS, she considers herself a lifelong Mississippian-in-exile. She brings Black queer and trans southern ways of knowing and being to her organizing work. Jaelynn is an ordained Buddhist minister. Her leadership is deeply rooted in maternal care, mindfulness, and discernment of wisdom from her southern Christian sanctified upbringing. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her beloved partner and their two fur babies, Bodhi and Shabba. Jaelynn is the recipient of the 2021 Local Pride Hero from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the 2023 Lottie Cross Community Service Award, and 2023 Monica Roberts Advocacy Award.
Andrew Alemán, LCSW (he/him) is the Deputy Director of People Power & National Partnerships for Black and Pink National and Principal Consultant for Andrew Alemán Consulting. Mr. Alemán’s work is based in dismantling systems of oppression and shifting power to those who are targets of these oppressive systems. His vast expertise includes the following areas: LGBTQ+ communities, mental health, case management, community engagement, advocacy, supervision, sexual health, as well as domestic & sexual violence.
Mr. Alemán has been recognized with: 2018 Heartland Pride Brad Fuglei Impact Award, 2019 Young, Black, and Influential Award for Advocacy, 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans Award, and 2021 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award, NASW-NE 2022 Social Worker of the Year Award, and 2023 Notable Nebraska. Mr. Alemán is honored to serve as an Executive Board Member for ACLU Nebraska, Nebraska Affiliate Representative for ACLU National Board of Directors, and Committee Member for GLSEN Omaha.
Founder/President Emeritus & Ex-Officio Board Member
Aria Sa’id (she/her) is a transgender advocate and award winning political strategist based in San Francisco Bay Area. She is a founder and board member of The Transgender District- the world’s first cultural district celebrating the resilience, culture, and presence of transgender people in San Francisco’s famed Tenderloin neighborhood. She is the founder of Kween Culture Initiative- a social and cultural empowerment project for Black transgender women.
In addition to her efforts in community development, Ms. Sa’id has written and/or led numerous public policy efforts both in the City and County of San Francisco and at the California state legislature; most notably co-creating the United States’ first sex worker protection law, Prioritizing Safety for Sex Workers (San Francisco), and The Name and Dignity Act for Incarcerated Transgender People (Atkins- California). She has also supported legislation, such as SCR 110 (California) the first legislation in U.S. history to name the harms of non-consensual medical interventions on intersex people. She has also led and/or provided strategy to San Francisco legislation supporting cultural districts, access to gender neutral restrooms, and transgender latina violence prevention- and political strategy support to California state legislature policies that reduce barriers for transgender and non-binary individuals seeking affirming gender markers on state issued documents.