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Wikimedia Foundation QueERG: LGBTQ+ Speaker Series

QueERG's LGBTQ+ Speaker Series is an effort to provide people involved with the Wikimedia Foundation to hear from and interact with thought leaders connected to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer communities.

It is organized by the Wikimedia Foundation QueERG in an effort to promote safe spaces and a greater understanding of the diverse communities both working within and served by the Wikimedia Foundation.


June 2017: Pax Ahimsa Gethen[edit]

Living Persons
Trans lives and Wikipedia: Representation and impact

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 20:30 UTC

Watch recording on YouTube

Pax Ahimsa Gethen, aka Funcrunch.

About Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Pax Ahimsa Gethen (User:Funcrunch) is a queer black trans vegan activist, blogger, and photographer. Assigned female at birth, Pax has legally and medically transitioned to male, but identifies as agender and uses gender-neutral pronouns (they/them/their).

Pax writes about gender and social justice issues, with a particular focus on cissexism (discrimination against and erasure of transgender and non-binary people).

Pax owns an event photography business, Funcrunch Photo, and makes their photos freely available under Creative Commons licensing. Pax currently lives in San Francisco with their partner Ziggy.

An active Wikimedia volunteer, Pax is involved with the LGBT Studies and Women in Red WikiProjects. At the inaugural Bay Area WikiSalon in April 2016, they participated on a panel discussing transgender issues, and talked about their experiences and frustrations with trans coverage on Wikipedia. Pax also gave a presentation on this subject at WikiConference North America in October 2016 (abstract, slides).

In June 2016, Pax created a proposal for the Inspire Campaign to combat harassment by protecting user pages from editing by anonymous and new users. Six months and an RfC later, this idea was implemented on the English Wikipedia via an edit filter.