Gill Platek (they/them/theirs): Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Gill Platek is a queer and transgender/nonbinary educator and writer. Growing up, they went to Catholic schools where a distinct lack of LGBTQIA+ and other intersectional identities encouraged them to be an example for change. They attended The Ohio State University for their undergraduate degree in English and Psychology and stayed an additional year to complete their Master’s in Education. During their Master’s program, they focused on creating GSA clubs and resources as well as working directly with LGBTQIA+ students while student teaching. They have worked with all kinds of students from rural areas of Ohio to the south side of Chicago.
Outside of teaching, they are a freelance writer who specializes in social justice issues about marginalized voices that have been historically ignored. By combining their own personal stories with interviews within the current news cycle, Gill has been able to publish articles about LGBTQIA+ representation in education, gender- affirming surgery in a hypocritical healthcare system, and finding trans resilience in rural Ohio. Their work has been published in Xtra Magazine, Parents Magazine, Greatist, Women’s Republic, and Liberal Currents. Now, Gill is thrilled to continue their passion for uplifting LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized voices at GSA Network as the Storytelling Media Organizer. They are excited to help other trans and nonbinary youth use their voices and personal stories for growth and change.
- Fun Facts:
- I love to camp and, on a cross-country road trip, I visited Area 51 and heard a sonic boom in the distance!
- I love to watch cooking competitions even though I have very few skills in the kitchen.
- During the summer, I like to swim in Lake Erie with my family.
- Favorite Quote:
- “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” -Desmond Tutu
- Inspirational Books:
- Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word by Linda Christensen
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler