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JAC Stringer, also known as Midwest GenderQueer, is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled-kid radical activist and performance artist. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, JAC strives to create visibility, community, and resources for trans*and queer communities. JAC has lectured and performed across the USA and Canada with his work focusing trans* and queer education, social justice, femme identities, (dis)ability, and trans*/queer artistry. He uses radical activism, hot pants, poofy skirts, and gender theory to create an intriguing space centered on bodies, ability, androgyny, and beyond.
JAC is the founding director of The Midwest Trans* and Queer Wellness Initiative, as well as having founded and lead several activist projects including Cincinnati Trans* Community Group, The GenderQueer Coalition,GenderBloc, the GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Group, and The Queer Canon Zine. JAC is a leading activist in the movement against gender identity pathologization and is very invested in health care reform and comprehensive sex education. He is a strong advocate for trans* and queer inclusive sexual assault awareness and prevention and is a trained survivor advocate. JAC is an Advocates for Youth Alum, an Equality Ohio regional Lobby Team Leader, and is an organizer on several local and national organizing boards including TransOhio, The Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, The Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit, and The Femme Conference.
As a performer, JAC has done genderfucking dance, music, drag, and spoken word everywhere from full scale theaters to classrooms to dive bar broom closets. Primarily self-taught, he combines a speckled arts education of living room dance lessons, classical training, and old movies with identity focused messaging to create an empowerment focused artistic repertoire. In addition to being a solo performer, JAC is the co-manager of the nationally recognized drag cabaret troupe, The Black Mondays, and founder of Gender Queeries Genderqueer Performance Tour. JAC is lovingly devoted to the drag performance community, seeing it as an important and unique venue for trans* and queer self expression. He serves on the board of The International Drag King Community Extravaganza and is a national gender performance showcase producer of shows such as the University of Cincinnati GenderFuck Show, Fabulously Fluid!, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference’s Blender!, and Mind the Gap. JAC’s community-focused shows, rooted in radical activist ideologies, have gained international contribution in cities around the country.
JAC is a life-long dancer, poet, musician, and rabble-rouser whose work’s purpose is to generate unity, action, and empowerment and achieve rights and recognition for trans* and queer communities through education, art, and other various forms of revolution.