About Us

About Us

Hi, Hello, Wassup?

Mission Statement:

To create a safe space to connect with, celebrate, and learn about all of the members of our vast and beautiful community. This will be done by:

  • Celebrating queer culture through showcasing our artists, events, and fashionistas
  • Educating folks on the ABCs of the LGBT Alphabet Soup through videos and articles, as well as offering practical advice on living out and proud
  • Bringing our stories to life through short stories and short films.

Why We Do What We Do

We believe that issues that face one of us faces all of us. We believe that we are stronger and more vibrant together. We believe bonding with different people of different labels strengthens our understanding of each other and allows room for us grow and become better people.

We also believe that we are more than just queer. We are writers, artists, athletes, musicians, actors/actresses, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and the innovative individuals who strive every day to help each other better connect with the world around us. Together we want to create a place for all of us to co-exist. That place will be The 26.

Follow us on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube! Look out for new video and written content focusing on issues ranging from queer culture, social justice issues, media, and health.

 

Are you looking to join the team as a writer? Want to be featured on our pages as an upcoming artist, small business owner, or fashionista? Email us at gisforgay26@gmail.com! We are always looking for new talent.

Core Team:

Founder/Managing Director

As a young queer, Camille found solace in the Pride Center at Cal Poly Pomona and through a variety of blogs online. However, they found that there seemed to be a lack of queer spaces online designed for the whole queer community, including queer people of color. She decided to create this blog in order to give queers of all ages and backgrounds a place to celebrate themselves and support queers artists with unique points of view. Camille is a USC Graduate, queer, genderqueer, tomboi/stem, black, and proud. Their pronouns are they/them/theirs and she/her/hers. She considers herself as a Renaissance Human due to the varied nature of their interests. Camille enjoys creating pen and ink artworks, designing UI elements, writing and producing songs, travelling, napping, and Hulu.

Jasmine Lowe

Editorial Manager

Jasmine Lowe is a marketing and communications professional who works and lives in Orange County, California. The Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Fullerton alum spends her free time running, writing, and drinking way too much coffee. Preferred pronouns include she/her or they/them, and she identifies as a queer woman of color. JasmineDLowe.com

Alvin Galit

Graphic Designer

Alvin is a graphic designer for a small software development company in Lake Forest working on training simulations in Virtual and Augmented Reality. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Graphic Design. He identifies as a gay male, and his pronouns are he/ him/his. Alvin cares deeply about the LGBT community and believes we all need to stick together and help each other out anyway we can. In his free time, Alvin loves to draw and everything ART.

Regular Contributors

Tamika Wright

Tamika is a NAU senior pursuing a dual bachelors in Environmental Studies and French. She was raised in Wahiawā, Hawaii and is an extremely proud bisexual kanaka maoli. Along with Hawaiian, Tamika is Japanese, Chinese, Portugese, German, Swedish and Black. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. Tamika enjoys swimming, gardening, geeking out over environmental conservation efforts, going to museums, reading and painting.

sondra morris

Contributing Writer: Sondra is a freelance writer and former military brat nestled in Los Angeles, CA. Despite growing up across the globe, she has noticeable Southern mannerisms and is a communication studies alumna of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. Identifying as a queer black Creole woman, Sondra loves discussing how different facets of identity intersect to shape perspective and lived realities. She spends her free time co-hosting a book club for women of color, slaying solo dance parties, creating her own business, and checking out dog memes on Instagram.

Joelle

Joëlle Bayaa-Uzuri (she/her/female pronouns) is a 10 plus year veteran
in the fashion industry.  Having worked for such brands as American
Apparel and Baby Phat, she recently launched her own T-shirt company, Ten90Two, that aims to bring more diversity and inclusion into the
urban fashion market.  She believes that intersectionality and understanding that everything is connected and intertwined is the only
way we can truly achieve equality, equity, and true liberation.  Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, reading, cooking, and dancing.

Unique

Unique Dowtin (she, her, hers) is a filmmaker based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. She has served as a writer, director, producer, editor and cameraperson at Skyrocket Productions for nearly a decade. In that time she has produced and directed several viral videos, commercials and a music video. She has also served as a script supervisor on more than 20 short films and features including 2015’s A Year and Change and 2017’s Coffin 2. Intersectionality is important because every voice is valid and deserves to be heard. Her hobbies include photography, reading and all the coffee she can consume.

Graciela aka DJ Funky Caramelo is a gem from Mexico City, harvested by the streets of LA.  She’s a queer femme who has a passion for music along with social justice.  Graciela has a Sociology degree and a non-profit background however, she is currently working towards fully transitioning into the Music Business Industry.  When not working, she is setting the dance floor on fire as she is one of the GRRRLS from the GRRRLNIGHT QTPOC DJ crew.  Graciela utilizes her DJ sets to uplift the music from artists of color especially those who fall under the LGBTQIA spectrum.