At the end of each month, on the bois will be bois blog, we will feature bois of color from all over the world that are making an impact, inspiring/empowering others, and/or promoting visibility on any scale. Click here to nominate yourself, or a boi in your life that you want to tell the world about!
Meet Morgan Willis
"From the first day I met Morgan (like forreal met her, in person), I was riveted – we had dinner, then spent 5 hours in Madison Sq Park, talking about everything from the way femmes wear heels to the political implications of calling oneself a writer. Morgan is an amazing human being who also moonlights as a writer, educator, and creative consultant. Her work has been featured in Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists (an anthology of essays and art documenting the experiences of incarcerated women), Bklyn Boihood (where she serves as Head Writer), as well as Queer Memoir, autostraddle.com, and the Butch Voices conference.
Morgan is, among many things, a compassionate educator, brilliant writer, tireless adventurer, handsome boi, and an all around awesome person to have on your team. She should be honored as a Boi of the month because she is a breath-of-fresh-air-boi, she is always on her grind working to bring visibility to the multifaceted experiences of bois wherever she is, AND because she makes a mean turkey burger."
Nominated by: Malaika A.
Meet Vanidy Bailey
"Vanidy is a Masculine of Center Caribbean-American. Vanidy received their bachelor's degree from Denison University in Ohio and their graduate degree at The Ohio State University. Currently, Vanidy is a doctoral student at California State University- Northridge. Vanidy's research interests are focused on Black student cultural leadership development, masculinities, gender and racial justice. They have worked at California State University, Northridge as the Senior Community Director and Area Manager with Student Housing, and has worked extensively with the inclusive residential living learning communities for LGBT residents on CSUN's campus.
Vanidy has a significant amount of experience and expertise in student leadership development, multicultural affairs, and mentoring. However, their most recent experience is working with the wonderful UC-San Diego, LGBT Resource Center as the Assistant Director for Education. As the Assistant Director for Education at UC-San Diego, Vanidy is dedicated to the access and retention of queen people of color and transgender folk. Currently, Vanidy leads a leadership training and council called Q League which explores the holistic development of queer people. In addition, they have led many campus, regional and national workshops that explore the intersectionality of multiple identities and social justice. Vanidy was on logistics planning committee for the California’s first Inter-Campus Transgender Camp, which is a community and leadership retreat for transgender college students. As a member of the Brown Boi project, Vanidy believes in challenging traditional notions of masculinity as it relates to gender, racial and emotional justice."
Meet Shan Davis
"I am a radical, queer, boi, Afro-American, womanist, feminist, organizer, activist, writer, musician, performer, student. I like to sing. I fight for revolution within myself, comrades, and the world, one step at a time."