Lauren Lubin is pioneering a new frontier of gender awareness and equality through We Exist: Beyond the Binary. Lauren’s work shatters the traditional constructs that define gender as either male or female.
Lauren’s work extends beyond the film and into the athletic arena. Both an avid runner and activist, Lauren made headlines in 2015 with their “WE RUN” campaign—which advocates for equal space and recognition for nonbinary athletes in the world of sports. Lauren also founded Andro Runners: New York City’s first nonbinary-specific running group. On November 5, 2016, Lauren became the first-ever openly nonbinary runner to compete in the New York City Marathon. In April 2019, Lauren prepares to repeat history competing in the Boston Marathon.
Lauren is a former Division I athlete who has published two books: The Rain Forest Awakenings and The Thoughtless Revolution. Lauren has been featured in ABC Good Morning, TIME, BBC World Sports, Huffington Post, MASHABLE, COSMO, Curve Magazine, Out Magazine, The Denver Post and countless others.
Tyler Ford is an award-winning nonbinary advocate, writer, and speaker, whose creative and critical writing on queer and trans identity inspires, comforts, and challenges a diverse spectrum of audiences. Crowned one of Dazed’s 100 visionary talents shaping youth culture in 2016, and writing for publications including the Guardian, Poetry Magazine, Rookie, V Magazine, and MTV ; Tyler’s sphere of influence is wide, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and helping LGBTQ+ folks feel more equipped to express themselves with confidence. From SXSW to Columbia University to Stadtkuratorin Hamburg, Tyler’s speaking engagements and performances are known to galvanize and educate. Recently honored at the Village Voice Pride Awards as the “young person who best represents the future of LGBTQ+ advancement,” the 27-year-old uses their unstoppable voice, passion, and heart to uplift and advocate for queer and trans individuals worldwide. Tyler was a Grand Marshal at New York City Pride in June 2018 and is currently an editor at Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ platform, them.
Kristin Russo is a writer, speaker, educator and consultant with a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. She is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of LGBTQ organizations Everyone Is Gay & My Kid Is Gay, and authored This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Chronicle, 2014). She worked as host and producer of First Person, a video series on gender and sexuality from PBS Digital and WNET, and holds a Master’s in Gender Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.
She has spoken at hundreds of universities nationwide including Harvard, Stanford, and NYU, has worked with large-scale companies such as Tumblr & Bloomberg on diversity inclusion, and works with local businesses with her ongoing OUR Restroom initiative to take gender markers off of single stall restrooms.
She also co-hosts a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast called Buffering the Vampire Slayer.
Anthony P. Vavasis, MD, AAHIVS
Anthony Vavasis is the Clinical Director of Medical Services at Callen Lorde Community Health Center, Callen Lorde provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness and advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health issues.
Vavasis has eighteen years of experience working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and runaway and homeless youths, including providing clinical direction to the Health Outreach to Teens Program, one of the larger adolescent HIV and transgender programs in the country. He holds a medical degree from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Charles Garramone
Dr. Garramone is the current World’s Surgical Authority on FTM Top Surgery (Female To Male Transgender Chest Surgery) and the ManSculpture Procedure (Body Masculinization). His practice serves an international clientelle, and is focused primarily on Transgender Sexual Reassignment Surgery and Gender Confirmation Surgery.
Dr. Charles Garramone is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS) whose practice at The Garramone Center is located in Davie, FL just outside of Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Garramone has been listed in the “Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Editions” and has received the coveted “Patient’s Choice Award for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013”. He has also been ranked as a “Top 10 Doctor” as a Plastic Surgeon Specialist. Dr. Garramone is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Andrew Seger – Director
Andrew Seger is the Chief Creative Officer at INDISTRY – an OTT streaming app focused on discovering and developing emerging artists. After completing a Master’s in Radio & Television from San Francisco State University and instructing Experimental Video there, Andrew relocating to New York where he worked in fashion, ultimately becoming the post production manager for New York Fashion Week, MIAMI SWIM, and ARUBA IN STYLE. 10 years of boots-on-the-ground experience developing and producing digital content for agencies gives Andrew a practical background to support content strategy and development. In addition to directing WE EXIST, he has edited and produced commercials, documentaries, features, music videos, television, and fashion. He is a brand strategist and the founder of Flannel Projects, the boutique production house that produced WE EXIST.
Andrew is passionate and informed on gender fluidity from the mechanics of the gender binary, to the social and media reaction and evolution, to the granularities of WE EXIST and its production. WE EXIST took five years to make during which time Andrew gained experience interviewing non-binary and trans speakers, educators, activists and doctors covering a fluid subject as it underwent it’s growing pains in the public eye. As the director and editor of the film, Andrew can speak to the mechanics of making a documentary, issues surrounding making a biographical piece on someone still living and how one’s views can change from seeing this film from the inside.