About the Keynote Speakers

Scheduled to Speak at SlutWalk Philadelphia

SlutWalk Philadelphia is thrilled to announce five keynote speakers who will join us and speak out at the August 6th event. Featured guests include Qui Alexander, Stephanie Gilmore, Deepa Kumar, Senator Daylin Leach and Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

Keynote Speakers SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011


Keynote Speaker Biographies


Speaker: Qui Alexander

Qui Alexander speaker at SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011Qui Alexander is a black and Latino Trans man, originally from Buffalo, NY. He graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities. Now residing in Philadelphia, he currently works at the Mazzoni Center as a community health educator, teaching adolescents about healthy sexuality.

He is very active in Philadelphia’s diverse LGBTQ communities as: a volunteer at the Attic Youth Center and co-facilitates Young, Trans and Unified, a weekly support group for trans and gender variant youth, a member Trans Masculine Advocacy Network for trans masculine folks of color, and he sits on the Grant Making and Outreach committee for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.

Qui is an advocate and activist for trans folks in the Philadelphia area. In addition to all the fabulous work he’s doing in his community, Qui is member of the Brown Boi Project—a community of masculine-of-center womyn, men, two- spirit people, transmen, and allies committed to transforming the privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.

Qui strives to educate and uplift LGBTQ youth, to give them power and agency in their lives and surroundings.

Speaker: Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore speaker at SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011


Stephanie Gilmore is a feminist activist and assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Dickinson College — at Dickinson, she was named Student Senate Faculty Member of the Year, and has been recognized for her coalition work with students on the issue of sexual violence.

She is a prolific author of numerous articles and a book on US feminist activism and coalition building. Her most recent work explores the disappearance of rape in public media and women and LGBT college students’ experiences with sexual violence.


This is a link to Gilmore’s recent article, “Disappearing the word rape.

Speaker: Deepa Kumar

Deepa Kumar speaker SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key issues that characterize our era–globalization and imperialism.

Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. If neoliberal globalization characterizes the economic logic of our age, the “war on terror” has come to define its political logic.Kumar began her research into the politics of empire shortly after the tumultuous events of 9/11.

She is currently working on two book projects. The first is on Islamophobia and brings together, and extends, her many articles on this topic. The second is on Political Islam, U.S. foreign policy and the media.

She has been active in various social movements for peace and justice and has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and alternative media. She is a much sought after public speaker and has spoken at dozens of university and community forums on a range of topics: Islamophobia, Political Islam, US foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia, the Arab Spring, women and Islam etc. She has also been interviewed by numerous media outlets including BBC, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer etc.

You can read her blog at

Speaker: State Senator Daylin Leach

State Senator Daylin Leach speaker SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011

State Senator Daylin Leach (D – Montgomery) leads the fight in Harrisburg for victims of sexual assault.

His proposed legislation (SB 437) would mandate that emergency rooms across the Commonwealth provide information to rape victims about Emergency Contraception, and administer EC if requested.

He has also introduced bills requiring insurance coverage for mammograms, requiring that prescription drugs plans covering male reproductive medicine (like Viagra) ALSO cover female reproductive medicine, and is the proud sponsor of Pennsylvania’s marriage equality bill.

A Philadelphia native, Daylin has served in the legislature since 2002. He lives in Wayne with his wife, Jennifer, and two children.

Speaker: Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Aishah Shahidah Simmons speaker SlutWalk Philadelphia 2011

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian, independent documentary filmmaker, international lecturer, and social change agent, based in Philadelphia, PA.

For twenty-years, Aishah has been both motivated and engaged as a cultural worker because she believes each one of us has the birth right to live in a world where oppression and exploitation based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin/ citizenship, sexual orientation, class, and/or religion of anyone is non-existent. An incest and rape survivor, she spent eleven years, seven of which were full time, to produce, write, and direct NO! The Rape Documentary.

Subtitled in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, this groundbreaking documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.

A published writer, she is the author of numerous published essays, some of which have been translated into French and Italian, all of which are featured in anthologies and journals in the United States and internationally including Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence, Equality & Activism; Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue ; INCITE: The Color of Violence; The Black Scholar; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence; Savoring The Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara ; WHO SHOULD BE FIRST? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign ; and the forthcoming Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogies: When the Personal is Political and Academic.

A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Aishah has screened her work, lectured, taught, and facilitated workshops racially to racially and ethnically diverse audiences across the United States, throughout Italy, in Canada, France, England, Croatia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Mexico, Kenya, Malaysia, India, and South Africa.

You can connect with Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Twitter and Facebook.