Our team of student leaders from across Harvard is united by a commitment to pursuing justice and improving quality of life for queer and trans students on campus and beyond.
Alden Fossett is in the final year of undergraduate study in both History of Art and Architecture and African & African-American Studies at Harvard College. This fall, Alden is working on a thesis about Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989), a Nigerian-born photographer whose work engages with questions of Blackness, queerness, and the religious body. He will serve as a programming intern at the BGLTQ Office of Student Life at Harvard College for the 2020-2021 year. Alden is originally from Los Angeles, CA and was raised in Second Baptist Church. After graduation, Alden wants to attend divinity school and hopes to create a new kind of church community that actively ministers to queer and trans people.
She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs
Originally from Southern Maine, Natalie Gale is a student, artist, and advocate focused on trauma-informed service to marginalized groups within her communities.
At Harvard, Natalie has held positions at the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard Art Museums, the Title IX Office, and beyond. They have counseled for three years with Harvard’s largest mental health crisis service and directed the service in 2019. In Maine, Natalie served as the 2019 Liman Public Interest Law Fellow at Pine Tree Legal Assistance and worked for many years prior at the Portland Public Schools Multilingual and Multicultural Center.
A joint concentrator at Harvard College in History and Literature and Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Natalie is passionate about investigating power dynamics within marginalized groups through visual culture and building visual archives to center historically erased communities.
Diego García Blum
Born in Bogota, and raised in Miami, Diego Garcia Blum is a community leader, activist, researcher, and engineer focused on issues disproportionately affecting underserved and discriminated-against populations. Diego’s work focuses on fighting for the safety and acceptance of LGBTQ people living in places where they are unsafe. It is a calling born out of his own story of overcoming oppression as a gay man and witnessing the heartbreaking assault on LGBTQ people in repressive areas of the world. Diego is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign.
Russell Reed is a recent College graduate from San Diego, CA. During his time at Harvard, he served as president of the Harvard Political Review and led a number of equity and inclusion efforts across the university. Russell graduated magna cum laude with Harvard’s first geography degree in over 70 years, since the program was disbanded due in part to institutional homophobia. This year, he is receiving a masters in Anthropocene Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Paul Williams Scholar, which will further his mission of uniting a more inclusive global environmental movement. He serves as co-chair of Secret Court 100.
Kimm Topping, Ed.M., is an educator and writer whose work values youth-led, anti-racist, trauma-informed education.
Kimm began their career as a youth worker at Tutoring Plus and later began facilitating workshops focused on supporting LGBTQ+ communities to schools and nonprofits. They have worked as a consultant for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students, Cambridge Women’s Commission, The Network/La Red, Building Audacity, A World of Difference Institute, kyriQ, History UnErased, and MaeBright.
Kimm attended Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2019-2020 where they served as an HGSE Equity and Inclusion Fellow. Each Fall, Kimm volunteers for TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet coaching high school students to develop TEDx Talks.
Kamille Washington is the Administrative Director for FAS International Affairs at Harvard University and a current student in the Mid-Career MPA Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received her Bachelor’s degree in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard in 2010. She is a former president of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, Harvard’s LGBTQIA+ alumni organization, and is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the HKS LGBTQ Policy Journal. Finally, she is one half of the Unfriendly Black Hotties, a podcast about the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in higher ed, pop culture, and politics.