justin adkins is a trans* activist living in Williamstown, MA. He works at Williams College as the Assistant Director of the Davis Center. His work focuses on an intersectional approach to gender, sexuality, and activism. He coordinates intersectional outcome-based programing, advises students and advocates for LGBTQ-inclusive policies on campus and beyond.
justin is a regular speaker at high schools and colleges. His talks focus on bullying and LGBTQ terminology and his trainings are founded in queer feminist theory. justin is passionate about anti-politics and community organizing, especially in rural New England.
On October 1, 2011 justin was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge while protesting corporate greed with Occupy Wall Street. The treatment he encountered while detained by the NYPD was covered by The Advocate, Bilerico, Autostraddle, and Huffington Post. You can read his original statement here.
In 2013, justin started the website Trans* Jock. Trans* Jock is a community space for trans* athletes. It has forums for trans* people to discuss workouts and nutrition.
justin was part of the steering committee for New England’s first-ever Transgender Pride March and Rally in June 2008, which was attended by a thousand people in Northampton, Massachusetts. He serves as the publications and communications chair on the board of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals. He is also on the advisory boards of the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition, the Jim Collins Foundation and Bennington Pride. A student of the Buddhist teacher Noah Levine, justin facilitates mindfulness meditation workshops.
justin is currently working on a book about his life.
justin studied anarchy, graffiti, and management of information systems at Marlboro College, finally, receiving his B.S. in 2008. You can hear about his non-traditional education here in his graduation speech video here. He is back at Marlboro Graduate School now getting his MS in Managment of Mission Driven Organizations.
In his spare time justin is a micro-farmer and website developer building small business and non-profit websites with Brainspiral Technologies.