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Alok Vaid-Menon  

Gender Non-Conforming Writer, Performance Artist, LGBTQ Rights Activist

Alok Vaid-Menon (ALOK) is an internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming artist, media personality, and public speaker whose work for gender justice has been featured on MTV, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, and the New York Times. As a mixed-media artist they use poetry, comedy, lecture, performance, sound-art, fashion design, and self-portraiture to explore themes of gender, race, trauma, belonging, and the human condition. ALOK appeared on HBO's "The Trans List" (2016) and "Random Acts of Flyness" (2018). They are the author of the poetry book Femme In Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), a clarion call for a new approach to gender in the 21st century. In 2019 ALOK was selected as one of NBC's 30 LGBTQ changemakers and one of Out Magazine's OUT 100. Over the past decade they have presented at over 500 venues in more than 40 countries.

Speech Topics


Femme in Public

What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? ALOK is trying to figure it out. Join for an evening of poetry, stand-up comedy, drag, and more as they take their audience on an emotional roller coaster all the way from the personal to the political.

Beyond the Gender Binary

In this performance-lecture ALOK presents a 21st century approach to gender rights, calling for an end to the gender binary. The gender binary -- the maintenance of two separate and opposite genders -- is a system of power that exists to create conflict and division. This false choice of boy or girl, man or woman, male or female is not natural -- it is political. We deserve more options. Gender diversity is an integral part of our existence. It always has been, and it always will be.

Keynotes, Endowed Lectures & Commencement Addresses

ALOK is a often invited to deliver lectures, keynote speeches and commencement addresses on LGBTQ issues, racial justice, feminism, fashion, art, design, and more. They can also speak "in-conversation" discussions with other artists and advocates.

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