Who We Are
Point of Pride is an entirely volunteer-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are a dedicated group of students and professionals, activists, writers, and fundraisers. We are trans women, trans men, queer, non-binary, and allies. We live and work all over the U.S.
What unites us is our passion for bringing about meaningful, enduring change one individual at a time, and ensuring that vulnerable and isolated members of our community are seen and supported.
Board of Directors
President & Co-Founder
Aydian has been speaking out and providing for the transgender community since 2009, with the start of his YouTube Channel, ALionsFears. His continued drive and love to provide for an underprivileged transgender community has lead him to creating Point 5cc and Point of Pride. As a motivational speaker and trans activist, Aydian is beyond ecstatic for the ever-growing programs at Point of Pride that will have a direct impact on our community.
Secretary & Co-Founder
Over the last 8+ years, Jeff has utilized his skills as a designer, developer and marketing professional to help LGBT, health & wellness, and mental health non-profits of all sizes. Jeff is most passionate about expanding the free chest binder program to provide donations to even more trans folks in need.
Rob brings years of experience as a board member of other LGBTQ non-profit organizations. In addition to serving as Treasurer, Rob currently practices chiropractic medicine in Oregon.
Liz has been working to help LGBTQ+ folks feel supported and affirmed for over fifteen years. They consider their queer identity to be one of their greatest gifts they’ve received, and their life is better for it. Liz also volunteers for Gender Spectrum and is part of a featured panel at SXSW 2019 on Going Beyond the Gender Binary.
Laila Ireland is a 13 year Army Veteran and is one of 15,500 transgender service members to serve in the United States Military. She served as an interrogator and combat medic and has 3 deployment tours to the Middle East. In 2012, she assisted in the establishment of SPARTA (Service Members, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All), a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and their families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. An organization built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community. Which also aided in the policy change in July 2016 to allow transgender people to serve openly. She now serves on the SPARTA Board of Directors as the Membership/ Communications Chair. Laila is a strong advocate for the LGBT community, LGBT military community and LGBT Health Care. As an Advocate, Speaker, Transgender Activist, Laila is excited to be a part of the amazing team that helps positively change and shape the lives of other transgender individuals.
As a professional with many years in the beauty industry, Briana has often taken stands for trans inclusion. Her experiences include the creation of detailed sensitivity training handbooks for supporting trans employees, and later offered trainings at locations throughout Boston. She also collaborated on a “Transgender Class for Confidence,” a country-wide initiative to create a more welcoming and inclusive professional space for all.
Meryl is a PhD candidate in Philosophy. She has years of experience working with nonprofits, the LGBT community, and children with disabilities. In this role, she primarily works on the Annual Trans Surgery Fund as well as volunteering at LGBTQ events on the East Coast.
Chris is a trailblazing hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, and 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to make a men’s US National Team, and was the catalyst for change for the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes. His website Transathlete.com is widely regarded as the go-to source for policy and information on transgender people in sport. As a Nike-sponsored athlete, Chris is passionate about using his platform to provide visibility and support to the trans community and is excited to join the team at Point of Pride to create a greater impact.
Tyler is a transgender man that has been involved in healthcare for 15 years. He has experience in both pharmacy and insurance and enjoys working with trans people one-on-one to help them get coverage for gender-affirming surgeries and trans-related healthcare. He is a founding member of #TransForTheHolidays, a project that aims to bring a little more love to homeless or otherwise disadvantaged trans people during the holiday season. In his spare time, Tyler can be found volunteering with his local Special Olympics program or performing random acts of carpentry in his garage.
Point of Pride is grateful to have dozens of volunteers across the country. Below, we wish to highlight a few of the volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their desire to give back.
Bradley Smith is a transgender man who works in finance and teaches. He served in the US Army in the early 1990s, attended culinary school where he received an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts, worked in law enforcement for 7 ½ years, graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and has worked in the accounting field for the past 7 years. He currently works full-time as the Finance Associate for the LGBT counseling center in his native town, Houston, and teaches community college part-time. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing board/card games, working on crafts, and spending time with his wife and their fur baby. He is excited about being able to give back to the trans community and is looking forward to utilizing his skill sets from years of administrative, research, and financial management as a volunteer for Point of Pride.
Drew is a 17-year-old trans guy who lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He’s an honors student and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality. He works with a variety of local and national LGBTQ rights groups, but he particularly enjoys working with Point of Pride because it’s focused entirely on providing resources to trans people in need. Drew helps out with research, outreach, fundraisers and a variety of other tasks! He hopes to become an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in trans youth health care, and he also intends to continue his activism to ensure all trans Americans have the rights they deserve.
Melissa volunteers with Point of Pride’s chest binder program, helping coordinate and ship binders to recipients worldwide. In addition to volunteering with Point of Pride, she spearheads the #TransForTheHolidays project with her husband, an effort aimed at providing comfort and support to folks in the trans community who might need it most during the holiday season. Melissa is also active with Delaware Special Olympics, coaching both football and softball in her free time. When she’s not helping out in the community, Melissa can be found jamming out on her ukulele, gardening, sewing in her craft room, or having an adventure with her husband and dog. Throughout her work with Point of Pride, Melissa hopes to help spread love, awareness, self-assurance, and inclusivity.
Alex is a transgender teacher who seeks to create community and inclusivity through education. He is a regular blog columnist for Point of Pride, covering topics such as how to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ students and youth and his experiences as a trans educator.
Paige is an eccentric queer girl who does not prescribe to the gender binary. She is finishing up her Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality degree in Oregon with her partner. She is emphatic about the queer community, queer history, and equal rights. In her free time she likes spending time with her friends, playing games, doing crafts, and filling up her random fact repertoire. She is currently working on building a bias free queer media database that tracks the Bury Your Gays Trope, as well as maintaining a queer website with her partner that tracks a spectrum of queer content.
Elliot is a transmasculine person who uses he/him/his pronouns and is studying Sociology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality at the University of Oregon. He loves to write lyrics and film/edit videos with his partner. When he is not volunteering for Point of Pride or going to school, he is interning for Trans*Ponder, helping the trans and gender non-conforming community here in Eugene. He is passionate about helping his trans/gender diverse siblings and desires to be the best friend, partner, and activist he can be.
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