Liat Wexler is a genderqueer, white, femme, bi-national, hard-of-hearing, queer activist and survivor. They have worked to end intimate partner abuse and sexual assault since 1999 and currently train on social justice, intersectionality, anti-violence work, community accountability, and LGBTQIA+ communities. As Training Specialist with Center for Community Solutions, they have brought increased focus to LGBTQIA+ survivors, as well as access for people with disabilities. Liat has presented at statewide and national conferences on issues related to intimate partner and sexual violence within LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and BDSM communities, and teaching advanced facilitation skills for trainers. They also engage in collaborations around San Diego including a task force to increase resources and improve responses to gay, bisexual, queer men and transmasculine people who are sexually assaulted. In coalition with SD LGBT Pride, Center for Community Solutions, The SD LGBT Community Center, North County Lifeline, and SD-CAMFT, Liat co-organized #MeTooLGBTQ: a day-long conference to improve providers’ skills and awareness and offer survivors support and healing.
In addition to this work, Liat consults with organizations on trans inclusion projects such as: converting the bathrooms at Diversionary Theater, supporting school administrators from La Jolla to Lakeside in accommodating transgender students, and working with Planned Parenthood to more fully serve transgender patients. They regularly speak in classrooms and workplaces, and moderate panels on queer and trans issues.
In 2011 Liat co-founded GenderQueer San Diego, the first non-binary group in the region. In 2012 they organized The T Spot, a trans contingent, and booth at Pride, served on Pride’s Diversity Task Force, and co-established San Diego’s annual Trans Pride in 2014 & 2015. They were involved with Visible Bodies: Transgender Narratives Retold, a 2013 photography and storytelling project documenting the beautiful resilience of San Diego’s communities. Liat is only here due to many brilliant collaborators and queer family.