Riley J. Dennis is non-binary trans woman, writer, YouTuber, activist, and educator. She worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Quaker Campus newspaper, where she pushed Whittier College to reform how they dealt with cases of sexual assault.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Worlds — a combination of creative writing and anthropology — and used her expertise to publish a series of three young adult fantasy books with characters from diverse backgrounds.
Through her YouTube channel, she works to educate the public on a range of issues all connected through social justice and intersectional feminism, mainly focusing on rape culture, gender identity, sexuality, and fatphobia.
You can view her videos or read the transcripts here.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
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To arrange to have Riley speak at your event, please complete this form here and we will be in touch soon. Her presentations include:
- Fighting Rape Culture: How We Can Make Our Campuses Safer – Rape culture is something that permeates every aspect of our lives, but it’s particularly prominent on college campuses. This presentation looks at specific examples of rape culture on college campuses and identify ways for us to fix them, both on the individual and administrative levels.
- How Your College Newspaper Can Create Social Change – College newspapers have a lot more power than they’re often aware of, and this presentation looks at how you can use that power to create positive social change on your campus. Colleges are notoriously bad at handling reported cases of sexual assault, but nothing motivates college administration like a little bit of attention in the press. The presenter will provide examples of how her own college newspaper used their position of influence to change things for the better.
- Figuring Out Your Gender: How We Know Who We Are – Gender identity isn’t a new concept by any means, but a lot of people have just never had to think about it. When we learn to accept that not everyone is cisgender, how do we go about figuring out our own identities? This presentation looks at what resources are available to us and works to reassure everyone that they’re not alone on this journey.
- Fatphobia: Why Society Hates Fat People And How We Can Stop – Fatphobia is real and alive today, and strangely socially acceptable. This presentation looks at how we, as a society, have conflated health with weight for decades. It examines language that is harmful to not only fat people, but everybody, and it gives you the tools to change your own behavior so that we can all benefit from a more peaceful society.
- Intersectionality: How To Bring Others Into Your Feminism –Feminism isn’t just for upper-middle class white women. Trans people, fat people, people of color, disabled people — everyone must be included for it to truly be beneficial. This presentation looks at the ways in which you can ensure that your brand of social justice is legitimately inclusionary.
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.