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Published on Sep 11, 2015
Don’t Call Me an Ally: The Journey toward Meeting the Access Avengers
Gilles (Jill) Stromberg
BFA Illustration, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts – Department of Art; Illustration, minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies.
Gilles Stromberg attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY between 2008 and 2012 where they received a BFA in Illustration, and a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Gilles was also the Art Director for the Queer Student-Run Magazine The OutCrowd, a 3+ year student employee at the LGBT Resource Center on campus, and was a tubist within the Syracuse University Marching Band. During and after their time at Syracuse, they also worked in several capacities for both national and local LGBT-Based non- profit organizations in the Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan area. Currently, Gilles mentors and supervises students as a Program Coordinator within the Student Activities Office at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. During their time at MICA they have helped expand and improve MICA’s LGBT Safe Zone Training Program, have provided critical input in the creation of resource guides for both Trans* students and for faculty who work with Trans* students, and were instrumental in getting ‘Gender Identity and Expression’ included within MICA’s Non-Discrimination policy. Within their keynote, Gilles will provide background into the creation of the ACCESS AVENGERS, and how their journey through comic books informed the Avengers’ creation, along with their understanding of the importance of representation within media.
They will also provide critical analysis of the word ‘ally’ and the idea of ‘intersectional activism and advocacy’. In conjunction with the Disability Cultural Center, Gilles was the illustrator who created the ACCESS AVENGERS going into the first year of "Cripping" the Comic Con, and was able to introduce a new Avenger (Dalton) at the