About the Gender Unbound Art Fest

The Gender Unbound Art Fest is a one-day festival featuring trans and intersex creators from across artistic disciplines. The purpose of Gender Unbound Art Fest is to center and amplify the voices of transgender and intersex artists, performers, and musicians. This event celebrates transgender and intersex people as subjects and agents of our own stories: illustrating our own visions, speaking in our own words, and dancing to our own music.

The event is a production of Gender Portraits, a sponsored nonprofit project of Austin Creative Alliance. The Gender Unbound Art Fest is supported in part by grants from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and The Awesome Foundation.

Code of Conduct

Please help us build a positive, safe, and affirming space for attendees, artists, performers, and musicians by observing the Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please contact us.

  • Respect others’ identities.
    • This means using others’ correct names and pronouns and referring to others with the terms that they prefer.
    • Please don’t ask others to justify, argue, defend, or explain their identities to you.
  • Questions? Ask the Community & Event Info Desk.
    • For questions about the event, visit the Community & Event Info Desk.
    • For questions about the transgender and intersex community, visit the Community & Event Info Desk.
    • Please don’t ask individual artists, performers, or musicians to educate you about gender. The Community & Event Info Desk would be happy to give you information about what it means to be transgender, what it means to be intersex, and other general information on gender diversity.
  •  Don’t engage in abusive, harassing, or threatening conduct. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Speech or actions that are discriminatory on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, immigration status, ability/disability, religion, age, or physical appearance.
    • Unwanted physical contact.
  • If you observe anyone acting against the Code of Conduct, please notify a volunteer or staff member as soon as possible.

Individuals who do not follow the Code of Conduct may be asked to leave and may be barred from future Gender Unbound events.

Our Team

The Gender Unbound Art Fest is run by trans and intersex community volunteers, most of whom are also artist’s. They have worked hard out of a passion to make something for their community that didn’t exist for them when they were younger. Below are some of the people who have dedicated their free time and loaned us their talents to create this amazing event.

Drew Riley

Drew Riley

Executive Director

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Lei Holford

Lei Holford

Volunteer Coordinator

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Holford

Holford

Media Manager

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Jae Lin

Jae Lin

Organizer

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Bis Thornton

Bis Thornton

Organizer

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Savy Long

Savy Long

Sign Maker

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Erin Mahony

Erin Mahony

Organizer

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Jamie Rosenberg

Jamie Rosenberg

Organizer

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Rocky Lane

Rocky Lane

Stage Manager

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Hailey Bobella

Hailey Bobella

Organizer

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History of Gender Unbound

Gender Unbound Art Fest was created in 2016 by a team of volunteer artists and community members under the direction of Gender Portraits. The inaugural event took place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Soma Vida in Austin, TX. About 400 attendees danced to music by Pillow Princess, The Manifest Electric, and the Artemis Glow while viewing the work of 13 visual artists: Bis Thornton, Bort, Bug Davidson, Catherine Graffam, Drew Riley, Ethan Parker, Jae Lin, Jonah Welch, KC Crow Maddux, Koomah, Nudsie, Sasha Jones, and Shaun Lee. Speakers Catherine Graffam and Mo Cortez took the stage. AIDS Services of Austin performed free HIV testing, the Travis County Democratic Party providing nonpartisan voter registration, Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), TGQ Social, the Houston Intersex Society, and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Department. Donations of shirts were provided by Savers, juice was provided by JuiceLand, and spirits were provided by Deep Eddy Vodka.

In 2017, Gender Portraits received funding to put its second annual festival. The event will take place on September 2, 2017 at Vuka North Lamar. Gender Portraits is already looking forward to their third annual festival and has applied for funding through the City of Austin for 2018.