Dr. Carmen Cruz is a Psychologist, Diversity Educator and Activist. Professionally, she is Associate Director and Director of Training at Texas Woman’s University Counseling and Psychological Services in Denton, Texas where she enjoys teaching future psychologists as well as providing therapeutic services to TWU students. She is a diversity and gender specialist and enjoys leading workshops and teaching to help individuals understand people who are different than themselves. Cruz also provides trainings and consultation for institutions and businesses who aim to improve their perspectives and inclusion within their organizations. Cruz moved to Denton from Miami in 1997 and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Denton. She started the student organization PRIDE at TWU in 2000 and also help start TWQ, a social group for TWU faculty/staff. In the community, Cruz was the first of two co-chairs starting OUTreach Denton in 2011, a leading LGBTQ+ organization in Denton. After her work with OUTreach, she started Pridenton to organize the first large Pride event in Denton in 2017 and has the long term goal of raising funds to hopefully create an LGBTQ+ legacy community center in Denton. On a personal note, she is a proud Cuban American, child of immigrant parents who helped her define herself through their struggle. Cruz is a transplant from Miami, Florida who loves spending time with her wife and kids, and also her cool cats, Macho and Eli. She goes by Cruz and uses she/her pronouns.
Kamyon Conner formered her activist roots in Denton, Texas in 2001. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington and her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas. Kamyon calls Denton, Texas her home, where she enjoys spending time with her partner and chosen queer family. She has been a steering committee member of OUTreach Denton servicing as the chair for the organization for 3 years. She has been a driving force for PRIDENTON as a steering committee member, where she works to create safe and celebratory spaces for LGBTQ+ people in our community. As a queer black woman, Kamyon brings a deep understanding of reproductive justice, human rights and a value of service.
Originally from the North Side of Fort Worth, Texas, Enedelia earned a Bachelor’s in Science at the University of North Texas (UNT) and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She works and lives in Denton; she is a psychologist; she’s an educator, she’s an activist; she’s queer; and she is the proud daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and Rio Grand Valley father who taught her that accents are beautiful, that humor is a life-vest, and that hard work looks like calloused hands and a strong heart
Enedelia is committed to her work with the queer and trans community, because as a 19 year old freshman at UNT, Denton was not a place she could be herself; she found herself full of shame, fear, and without an LGBTQ+ community. When she returned to Denton in 2010 to work at UNT, she was intentional about creating spaces for safety, authenticity connection. She has committed her work to eradicate shame; to fight for inclusion, access and justice; and to give back to a queer community that helped build her up.
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Originally from Ohio, Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. She moved to Denton in 2014 to open the Pride Alliance, the gender and sexuality resource center at the University of North Texas, where she currently serves as Director. Kathleen also serves on OUTreach Denton’s Steering Committee and as the Southwest Region Rep for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Her previous Queer work includes five years on ACPA’s Coalition for Gender Identity and Sexuality, and two years on the (Dallas) Black Tie Board of Directors. Kathleen enjoys spending time with her cats Ailbhe and Séamus, working on home and furniture projects, and planning trips to see her family and Queer Sibs.
As a Queer and Trans person, Kathleen found community when she began working alongside Enedelia, Kamyon, and Cruz early in her time in Denton. PRIDENTON is a unique group of organizers, accomplices, and chosen family. Their connection and the magic they make together sustains her and inspires her to want to create this type of family for others. Kathleen values the passion and talent of the three Queer Women of Color with whom she works, and strives to examine and challenge the ways in which her own and others’ white supremacy and privilege operate in Queer and Trans spaces.
Dallas, TX born and raised, Anjelica moved to Denton in 2012 to attend Texas Woman’s University. She graduated from TWU with a BA in English and minor in Multicultural Women’s Studies in 2015.
Forever a theater kid at heart, Anjelica first became connected with the Denton community when through UNT’s production of the Vagina Monologues. Later she began organizing a variety of fundraisers and events through The Dentonite, most notably the Denton Art and Music Awards.
Currently, Anjelica is involved with the art collective Spiderweb Salon, where she performs and publishes her original poetry and spoken word. Through Spiderweb Salon and OUTreach Denton, Anjelica has learned the true meaning of selfless collaboration and community building.
She has admired the work of the PRIDENTON organizers from afar for several years and is elated for the opportunity to work with them more intimately.
Anjelica is of Mexican and Guatemalan heritage, the daughter of a single teen mom, and a first generation college graduate. She is an advocate for voter accessibility, reproductive justice, and LGBTQIA+ equity. Anjelica and her partner are the paw parents to two cats and two dogs.
Alex Sylvester is a white, Queer, Trans woman from the rural Oregon Coast. She became enmeshed in Queer and Trans activism during her undergraduate career at the University of Oregon and is thrilled to be a ‘career Queer” in her role as the Student Services Coordinator at the University of North Texas Pride Alliance.
George has been a resident of Denton for 14 years, and currently owns and operates Wine Squared, a local wine bar on the Downtown Denton square. He currently serves on the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Board for the City of Denton. He also serves on the boards of the Denton Mainstreet Association, Friends with Benefits Denton, OUTreach Denton, and is honored to be a Coordinator for Pridenton. He also has run for City Council and remains an advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community. George hopes everyone has a wonderful PRIDE, and looks forward to working with the Community to making Denton a more inclusive and loving City.