TYLS Fellows

Sawyer Martoglio
TYLS Fellow
David Sawyer Martoglio is a 21 year old from the Sf Bay Area in California. They have lived in New York and now live in Anaheim. While they haven’t worked with any big names Sawyer likes to believe that their life is all about the queer community.
Shear Avory
TYLS Fellow

Shear Avory is a multiracial, Black and Indigenous, Transgender Gender Non Conforming femme youth of color and National Social Justice Advocate committed to the advancement of social justice and the empowerment of youth.

Jonathan Chai-Chang Azterbaum
TYLS Fellow
Jonathan Chai-Chang Azterbaum is a multiracial, Chinese-Jamaican and Ashkenazi Jewish-Argentinian, journalist and organizer from the middle class suburbs of Los Angeles. They are a queer, non-binary trans femme with a love for liberation and their twin sibling Michael. Jonathan currently studies at Pitzer College and devotes most of their time to reporting on investigative and breaking news at the Claremont Colleges. Jonathan also works on the Board of Directors at the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network and organizes with Claremont Students for Justice in Palestine.
Maddox Guerilla
TYLS Fellow
Maddox Guerilla is a resilient radical healer with black and indigenous roots who ascended from the planet Protopia the idea that everyday it gets better, and works towards the liberation of all oppressed people. In the past they have worked with numerous community organizations including Da Urban Butterflies, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Center for Anti Violence education, Coalition for the Homeless and Global action project. In hopes to build a truly sustainable movement they plan to study herbal medicine and become a farmer to provide some of the basic human needs for their community to be able to strive back to their higher consciousness and be the change they want to see.
Andres Bautista
TYLS Fellow
Andres Bautista, 19 years old, focuses on creating educational spaces for queer and trans Latinx youth in central Arizona. He is currently a member on the youth advisory board for the Planned Parenthood digital LGBTQ+ project and president of the 2017-2018 Glendale Community College LGBT+ Club. Andrés is also a recipient of the Point Foundation Community College Scholarship and PFLAG Phoenix 2017 Scholarship.
Madd Damocles
TYLS Fellow
Madd Damocles started his LGBTQ activism in Midland, MI identifying as only an ally. He showed support for the community by speaking out against bullying and discrimination at his school and writing essays addressing issues our society had towards people in the trans* community. His ideas for trans* liberation include making public schools more inclusive (bathroom policies, sex ed classes, dress code) , fighting discriminate laws that put transfolk at risk, and the normalization of trans* people via Ads, boosting trans* artists, and simply educating people of the community.
Opal Hall
TYLS Fellow
Opal is an incoming sophomore at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. They are considering majors involving linguistics, film, English, and possibly Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Mostly living in Bloomington, Indiana previously, during high school, they became a member of Prism Youth Community, a youth group for LGBTQ+ and allied youth. There, they became the secretary on the Youth Leadership Council, as well as on Bloomington Pride’s Film Festival Screening Committee as well as a co-chair of Prism’s Special Events Committee and member of the Volunteering and Outreach Committee before graduating high school. In college, they became a member of Black and Lavender, a group for queer people of color on Earlham’s campus.
Armani Iacolucci
TYLS Fellow
Armani spends most of her time sharing her story, on YouTube. She ventures with the intent of helping and inspiring other struggling transgender people across the globe. Starting small, Armani has begun to gradually grow her channel, from nothing. When she’s not sharing her story online, she’s collaborating with any and all “lost people” in [and out of] her hometown of Spokane, Washington to guide them through their process of finding themselves. Armani has also begun branching out as a local model in hopes of getting big enough that she can show the world that being transgender isn’t abnormal. It’s just one more way to show them that everyone is beautiful, if they love themselves. Beauty has no binary. Satisfied with every bit of progress and never stopping: this is Armani Gucci.
Caelan Damocles
TYLS Fellow

Caelan Damocles is a trans masculine non-binary activist out of the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan. He is the former Educational Activities Coordinator of Living Proud and an advocate for trans youth in his local community. Caelan provides resources to trans youth – including transitional support, connections to therapists and doctors, and generally just being a present and visible trans person in a conservative area. At work, he is also an advocate for lgbt youth and staff providing training and literature on trans issues – ensuring an inclusive environment for everyone. Caelan works toward a future wherein all people regardless of gender, orientation, class, ability, race, creed, or any other status are treated with respect within society.

Riya Mathur
Board Member
Ezra Morales
Board Member

Austin, TX

He/Him or Ey/Em Pronouns

Ezra is a queer, trans, gender non-conforming youth activist hailing from the great state of Texas. His work in activism started his freshmen year in high school through his work with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and has since expanded on both the national and local level by working with organizations like HRC and OutYouth Austin. Ezra is coming up on eir single year of high school and ey hope to become a professor of gender and sexuality studies. Ezra also has a great deal of experience in public speaking, workshop leading and PR through working with his schools newspaper to participate in both local and national conferences such as SXSWedu and Creating Change.

Noor Pervez
Board Member

Noor is an LGBT+ educator, public speaker and tutor who focuses on intersectionality regarding disability, gender identity, sexuality and religion. He has taught workshops regarding Islam and the LGBT community, as well as disability both at national conferences and locally. He is the policy chair of his campus Rainbow Guard, and has organized events around LGBT history across minority intersections (e.g. disabled LGBT history) and around the intersections of being LGBT and other identities (e.g. Being the child of LGBT immigrants). He hopes to build a world where there is peace between communities of faith and the LGBT community.

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