Willy Wilkinson

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Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, and public speaker who has been advocating for LGBTQ populations since the early days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Over the past three decades, Willy has provided LGBTQ and trans-specific training for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which illuminates trans experience from a Chinese American and mixed heritage perspective, and transforms the memoir genre into a cultural competency tool. In his book, he provides organizational assessment tools for businesses to evaluate their LGBTQ cultural competency, and guidelines for systemically supporting LGBTQ individuals in the workplace. He has helped a number of companies, large and small, provide equal access to restrooms and changing rooms, support transitioning employees, and develop affirming practices and policies. Willy received a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the national Trans 100 list. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young children.

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