Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent (Panamanian) female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator and spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the All Gender Health Online Study, sponsored by the Program in Human Sexuality of the University of Minnesota. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sexuality Track of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Yoseñio is a co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. He is also a co-founder of “The TransAms”, a barbershop quartet composed of transsexual men. Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, most recently “Diagnosing Difference,” a full-length documentary featuring interviews with 12 diverse scholars, activists and artists who identify on the Trans spectrum (Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Queer, and Gender Variant) about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on their lives and communities. Other documentaries include Christpher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood,” the television channel A&E’s “Transgender Revolution,” “The Believers,” a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and “Transforming Healthcare,” a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare.
Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art.