Who We Are





Eli Erlick
Los Angeles, CA/San Francisco, CA
Director, Co-founder, Site Manager
eli@transstudent.org


She/Her Pronouns

Eli Erlick co-founded TSER in 2011 due to her experiences of facing intersecting forms of victimization in schools that lacked vital knowledge of trans-related issues and policies focusing on trans students. Coming out as trans and queer at age eight, she has been directly involved in queer and trans advocacy since a young age. She is a former student media ambassador and a current National Advisory Council member for GLSEN and a Youth Advisory Council member for The Trevor Project.

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Alex Sennello
Chicago, IL
Co-founder, Case Manager, Writer
She/Her Pronouns

Alex Sennello is a Chicago based writer, photographer, and activist – as a queer and gender-independent individual, she has been involved in the queer community since her early teens. She co-founded TSER in 2011 based on her lived experiences as a trans teen. After facing violence based on her gender and presentation in public high school, she became interested in using her skills to help other trans youth experience all of what their communities have to offer.


Landyn Pan
Seattle, WA/Los Angeles, CA
Development Director and Graphic Designer
He/Him Pronouns

Landyn Pan is a Seattle-based artist born and raised in Nanning, China. His award-winning artwork has been featured in several galleries across the states. Landyn has worked at the Seattle International Film Festival since 2012 and hopes to continue volunteering for the arts throughout his life. Click here to visit his photography page.


Danie
Los Angeles, CA
Program Director, Grant Writer, Board Member
They/Them or She/Her Pronouns

Danie is a mixed race Asian-American non-binary queer/trans person of color who is involved with intersectional community organizing around issues of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Danie hopes to become a professor, and is interested in the potential of socially conscious science and leadership development to empower marginalized communities. Danie runs leadership development, writes grants, and helps with outreach for TSER.


Tan Handres
Washington, D.C.
Illustrator
They/Them Pronouns

Tan Handres is a current undergrad, activist, and illustrator located outside of Washington, D.C. As a high school student, Tan found it difficult to communicate their experience as a non-binary identified person with their peers. In college, they became involved in GSM and trans-oriented student organizations, and found a passion for expanding awareness through leadership and education. They hope to use their creative talents to reach out to the GSM community as well as society at large to bring impactful, positive change to trans people’s lives.

Max Yearian
San Francisco, CA
Board Member
He/Him Pronouns

Max Yearian is a trans-identified youth who has been very involved in the LGBTQ community since coming out at 15. He recently relocated from Washington to San Francisco and started a Queer Straight Alliance at his high school, the only student-led club at the school. He works as an intern at the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC), a queer youth organization in the Castro District. Max views TSER as a vital resource for trans students and a steppingstone toward equality for all students.

Calliope Wong
New Haven, CT
Illustrator
She/her Pronouns


Calliope Wong is a Chinese-American writer, painter, and musician based in Connecticut. She has been involved in queer activism since coming out in high school: in her senior year she started a national campaign promoting fair admissions policies for trans women at Smith and other historical women’s colleges. Calliope believes that education is participatory, and that trans students must be allowed to participate as full members of their communities.

Coriander Shapiro
Chicago, IL/Iowa City, IA
They/Them Pronouns


Coriander is a non-binary trans person. They are queer and neuroatypical. They are a member of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Youth Committee.

D. Beltran
Chicago, IL
Board Member
He/him Pronouns


Beltran is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in biology and minoring in art and is on the fast track for a masters in biomedical visualization. He began to understand his identity as a trans person when he was a sophomore in high school. He feels being trans is a blessing that has allowed him to take on a wider and brighter perspective of the world, and with that, he can appreciate the people in his life so much deeper. He found comfort through art and look up to SnaiLords, his trans role model whose art has gotten him through hard times.

Emet Tauber
New York, NY
He/Him Pronouns

Emet is a transgender femme pansexual man from New York City. His interest in trans justice and trans students specifically comes from his own coming out almost 5 years ago as the first openly transgender student at a private jewish school. Since then, Emet has been involved with organizations like GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) and The Attic Youth Center to make sure that trans students have a voice and are able to be themselves in school.

Eri Svenson
Chicago, IL
They/Them Pronouns

Eri is a New York-born, Chicago-based non-binary trans activist. They have been involved in LGBTQAIA activism for the past three years, including experience with grassroots organizing, education and outreach, campus-based action and advisory positions. Presently, Eri is working towards a dual major in Sociology and Women/Gender Studies with a specialized focus on the intersection of social class and queer identities, and is especially interested in how non-normative sexual and gender identities organize life outside the middle class. Throughout all of their work, they are committed to an intersectional, anti-oppression approach.

Harper Zacharias
Deerfield, IL/Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
They/Them Pronouns

Harper is a Chicago-born activist currently attending Bard College in New York. They have been involved in LGBTQ+ and political activism since 15. In high school, they led their LGBTQ+ and Straight Alliance as well as helped in the installation of gender-neutral bathrooms and locker-room reform. They will continue their advocacy and activism at Bard in the future.